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RECENT PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT. 39
were in revolt against the Mexican Government, to remonstrate with the United States against the
and that, if they succeeded, in such case the laws of gross violation of Treaties, and the aggressions ot
Mexico would not be applied. Was this a reply their southern states.-The honorable member read
worthy of a British statesman? Mr. Hoy announced extracts fiom speeches of Mr. Huskisson atid Mr.
his intention of bringing the subject under the John Q. Adams, to show the importance to America
consideration of Parliament; and we will take in a commercial point of view, of annexing Texas to
CARE THAT THE SUBJECT SHALL NOT its territory.
BE STIFLED. Dr. Lushingtous asked. whether It is now for this house to consider whether, after
government had received any information of the the enormous sums expended in abolishing and puttmportation
of slaves from Texas into the United ting down slavery it would render the whole of that
States ? Was the honorable and learned gentleman expenditure useless, and to allow slavery to take
content with the answer he obtained? We are sure deep root in situations with respect to which this
he was not. country had both the power and right of interference
At a subsequent meeting of Parliament, the in suppressing it. But, supposing the independence
following higlhly important proceedinigs are of Texas to be established, and that it united itselfto
notic . i - te L n .s -A the United States, let the house coisider what connoticed
in the Lonldon licmes -Although the siderable commercial advantages the latter would
m.-tion of Mr. Hov was finally with.irawn, the gain over this country. By that junction, the United
great interest manifested upon the occasion, States would be brought withitn six weeks sail of
both by the mover and Mr H. G. Ward, who China. Neither ought the importance of the possecon(led
the motion, it mav fairly be prestimed sessions of the miiiing districts by America be lost
thlat the Envlifh abolitionits will nut be di.posed sight of by this country. 'IThose mines were of imto
let the question rest there. No man in Eur ope mense value-one alone having produced 30,000,000
is better acquainted with the subject than the dollars. Unless Mexico was assisted, as she ought
gentleman last name(l. His lonig residenice in to be, by this country, she would be so weakened as
gentleman.soon to become an easy victim to the ambition of the
Mexico, in the character of Etuvoy Extraordi- United States of America. The motion with which
nary, gave him ample opportunsity to acquire he intended to conclude was, for an address to the
a thorough knowledge of political affairs, as Crown to take such measures as were proper for the
well as the state of things generally:-and it fulfilment of the existing treaty, by which this Counwill
be seen that his testimony fully corrobo- try was bound to co-operate with Mexico. He was
rates (as far as it goes) the statements of Mr. of opinion that England ought mot only to remonstrate
Adams, and likewise many of those in the with America, but to have a naval force on the coast
preceding pages of this pamphlet. The to support Mexico against American aggressions.
observations -of Lord Palmerston, though aThe Hon. member concluded by moving: " That
observcations nof Lol Palmerston, though an humble address be presented to the Crowr, prayostensibly
calculated to neutralize the feelings ing that his Majesty will be graciously pleased to diof
the other members, will have a directly con- rect that such measures be taken as to his Majesty
trary effect upon the people of England; and may seem proper, to secure the fulfilment of the exaccording
to his own admission, upon certain isting treaty between this country and Mexico, and
contingencies, (should " fresh circumstances" to prevent the establishment of slavery and traffic in
arise) the government would feel itself bound, slaves, in the province of Texas, in the Mexican
or a least anthorized, to look to the matter. territory."
In what light will it view the invasion of Gene- Mr. H. G. Ward seconded the amendment, which
ral Gaines, and the open, unmolested armament involved a subject upon which he had been long and
an( marching of troops, fiom different parts of was deeply interested. The importance of Texaswas
the UJiited States, into the territory ? but little known in this house or by the country.
The province itself consisted of a large tract of the
finest land, it had numerous good and only two bad
HOUSE OF COMMONS.-August 6. ports, and the possession of it would give to the parTEXAS.
ties obtaining it the full command of the whole gulf
Mr. B. Hoy rose to bring forward the motion of of Mexico. The Mexican Government on its first
which he had given notice. It was on a subject of intercourse with this country, an intercourse of
the utmost importance to the cause of humanity, of increased and still increasing commercial importimmense
importanceto our colonial possessions and to ance to this country, had stipulated for the aboour
merchants who had embarked 70,000,000 dollars lition in its territory of the slave trade, and he
in Mexico. If the United States were suffered to (Mr. Ward) could state that this stipulation had
wrest Texas from Mexico, would not Cuba and other been most rigidly enforced and observed; and he did
Mexican possessions fall a prey to the United States ? not believe that there were now in the Mexican
The-war now going on in Texas was a war not for states, except Texas, 20 slaves. 'To Texas the
independence, but for slavery; and he would contend United States had long turned covetous eyes, and to
that should the revolt in Texas be successful, that obtain possession of that province had been the first
province would still be bound by the treaty Mexico object of its policy. During his residence in Mexico,
entered into with this country, when Texas formed America contrived to have a proposal made to the
part of the Mexican dominions, to prevent the Mexican Government, offering 10,000,000 dollars for
carrying on of the slave trade within its 'territory; certain privileges in Texas, and that proposition havthe
number of States in the Union had originally ing been refused, Anierica then proceeded to encourbeen
13; they were now increased to 26, and if age the settlement of Texas of the refuse of her own
Texas were added to the Union there could be no southern states, who took possession of the land
doubt the basis of the connection would be to esta- without title or pretension to any title, and thus drew
lish slavery and the slave trade permanently in that into it a population exclusively slave and American.
province. He begged to ask the noble Lord oppo- A declaration of independence next followed. That
site, Lord Palmerston, if, within the last ten days, declaration issued from men recognizing no law, and
he had not received an application from the Mex- signed by only one Mexican, the President of the
ican Government tor the good offices of this country Province, a man of talent, it was true, but who had
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