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LAWLESS PROCEEDINGS OF WESTERN ADVENTURERS. 41
slaves might be sent there from other states, there t for foreign affairs adopt strong measures to prevent
would be no real danger of the importation of slaves the establishment of a new and more extensive market
from the coast of Africa. or the islands of the West n- tfor the slave trade than had ever before existed.
dies. He was inclined to believe that an importation into The noble Lord ought immediately to open negociTexas
of slaves from Cuba had taken place, but he ations on this subject, not only with the Mexican,
had not heard of ally such importation from the but with the United States Government, which
coast of Afriica. 'With regard to the importation of latter had always professed to be anxious for the exslaves
from Cuba, he must say, that it had occured tinction of the slave trade.
before the treaty concluded between Spain and this After a few words from Mr. Hume, Sir F. French
country, forsuppressing the slave trade, had come ilto and Sir J. R. Reid, in condemnation of the proceedoperation.
The statement of the honorable mem- ing of the Texians, thle amendment was withdrawn.
ber for Southampton, therefore, applied to a time
antecedent to the ratification of the treaty. It is clearly evident that neither of the
The noble Lord then entered into various parti- speakers, here quoted, were fully aware of
culars of the measures taken by the Government I the extent to which the United States governwith
foreign powers for the suppression of the slave ment has lent its sanction to this diabolical
trade, and added, if the Government should receive crusade. It may be presumed, however, that
any aiuthenitic accounts of the introduction of slaves in they will learn' it in (ue time.-And it is
Texas, it would be their wish as well as duty, to manifest th at (according to the sentiments
take such immediate steps as would put it down. the
Now, as to the political question he thought there here expressed by them) they cannot stand
were no grounds whatever why this government by and look coldly onl while the process of
should interfere politically. As to that parot of the; usurpation and aggression are perfecting their
address which called on tlh crown to interfere to I work, if they do but thoroug'.ly understand
prevent the traffic inr slaves in Texas, he thought i it.
it would involve a censure on the Government they Since the preceding pages were first predid
not deserve, considering the measures they had pared for the press, 1 have, in pursuing the
already adopted, and on these grounds he imust oppose investigation of this highly important subject,
Dr. Lustingtothere were several circum-i noted the principal incidents connected with
Dr. Luslsington said there were several circum- . a-u e l be u t v
stances under which this country possessed a right I t, as they have been unfolded to view i the
to interfere to prevent the traffic in slaves in i progress of events. In treating upon it further,
Texas. So long as Texas remained in a state of i I shall proceed in a somewhat more desultory
dependency orL Mexico, or did not establish its inde- | manner, touching upon the (lifferent topics and
pendence, this country had a right to insist on its occurrences in the order of time suited to the
observation of the treaty which we had made with general purpose.
Mexico, of which, under such circumstances, it must Such were the open, glaring violations of
be considered as still forming a part. If it did esta- laws and treatie, by the marauding brig'ands
blish its independence, we could recognise it as a state
on such conditions as we pleased, and could make in the South and West; so completely blinded
the abolition of the slave trale one of them. But if or corrupted were the great majorities of the
the state was received into the union of the North people in the legions bordering on Texas
American states, then we could demand that it should and so totally apathetic were the officers of the
be bound by the treaties which we had contracted United States government,-or so thoroughly
with the government of those states. had they identified their feelings, their interDr.
Bowring thought we were bound to remon- ests, and tleiractions, with theinsurgents,-that
strate -with the Government of .Vorth America some of our most patriotic and law abiding
against the introduction of any slave-dealing state citizens became alarmed, both for the honor
Mr. F. Buxton expressed his belief that if the and peace of tis nation. The following very
Americans should obtain possession of Texas, which interesting notice was taken of certaiii prohad
been truly described as forming one of the fair- ceedings in Cincinnati, Ohio, in tle summei
est harbors in the world, a greater impulse would of 1836, by Charles lrammond, Esq, one of
be given to the slave trade thlan had been experieiinced the ablest Lawyers in America:for
many years. If the British Government did not From the Cincinnati Daily Gazette.
interfere to prevent the Texian territory i-om G
ftlliosg into the hands of the American slave nolders, 66 PROSECUTOR READ AND TEXAS.
in all probability a greater traffic in slaves would be W
carrie(I on during the next 50 years that had ever We published yesterday, without comment, a
carried on during the nexi t 50 yea that had ever communication from N. C. Read, Esq., on matters
before existed. The war at present being wags'd and things connected with Texas Mr. Read has
in Texas, differed from any war which had ever devoted himself very considerably for the last eight
been heard of. or ten months, to Texan afairs He has speechified
It was not a war for the extension of territory- often and again-has concocted resolutions. and has
it was not a war of aggression-it was not one un(ler- got up meetings to adopt them, and has oherwise
taken for the advancement of national glory; it was been active in procuring that to be done, which has
a war which had for its sole object the obtaining of a been effected, in aid ol Texas, in this vicinity In
market for slaves.-(Hear, hear.) He would not noticing certain proceedings in Fulton, in Monday's
say that the American Government connived at the Gazette, the presenee of Mr. Read was mentioned,
proceedings which had taken place; but it was noto- not for the purpose of singling him out for distincrious
that the Texians had been supplied with tion, but simply to note the extraordinary fact, that
munitions of war of all sorts by the slave holders o; the. Prosecuting Attorney should make himself conthe
United States-(hear, hear.) Without meaning spicuous in denouncing the law of the land, ansd
to cast any censure upon the Government, he thought declaring a determination to disregard it. This iact
the House had a right to demand that the Secretary occurred to me as evidencing too much of the pre.
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Lundy, Benjamin. The war in Texas; a review of facts and circumstances, showing that this contest is a crusade against Mexico, set on foot by slaveholders, land speculators, & c. in order to re-establish, extend, and perpetuate the system of slavery and the slave trade., book, 1837; Philadelphia. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2414/m1/41/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .