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RESOLUTIONS OF A MEETING AT EDINBURG.
volters,) all the extensive American Continent
were to form one Republic, one nation, the
European commerce would see, in this case,
lost to her forever this emporium: the Anglo
Americans, would exercise an insuperable mo.
nopoly, furnishing the interior with the products
of their manufacturing States, and the
immense colossus formed on this side of the
Atlantic, threatening incessantly to place one
of his feet on the other shore and absorb the
empires and kingdoms of Ellrope, carrying in
one hand its seducing example, and in the
other its immeasurable power. Would the
powers of Europe then see with indifference
this anticipated co-operation with the United
States of the North! Would they not guard
and protect themselves from this evil and
Even though it were not so, as your Congress
believes, and that by one of those vertigos
that a wise Providence sometimes permits to
wander through nations, these rebellious colonists
had in truth found the support of which
they boast, what have you to fear. The contest
will be longer and more bloody, but the
result is not doubtful, and would be more glorious.
Are you ignorant, perchance, of what
history gives credit, of all nations of the universe,
that which you, yourselves are the signal
example? The people who are possessed of
their dignity, who know the value of their liberty,
and resolve firtnly to preserve it, having
justice for its base, are invincible." To the
happiness of a people, as connected with the
reason and justice of their cause, may sometimes
occur similar obscurations as to the sun;
dense clouds seclude it in such a manner that
it seems not to exist; but if winds brought
them, the same or others will soon dissipate
them, atd the planet will appear again in all
its immutable brightness."
The merits of the Texian Insurrection appear
to have been well understood in Europe,
at this stage of the contest. At a meeting in
Edinburg, the following proceedings took
the Edinburg Scotsman.
"WAR IN TEXAS.
For the Establishment and Perpetuation of
Slavery and the Slave Trade.
At a public meeting of the Inhabitants of
Edinborg, held in the Waterloo Rooms, Fri.
day the 30th December 1836.
The Right Honorable the Lord Provost in
After an Address from George Thompson,
Esq., the following Resolutions, moved by R.
K. Greville, LL D., and seconded by Rev.
Christopher Anderson, were adopted by acclamation-
Slavery and the commerce in human
beings, wherever they exist on the face of
the earth, are a violation of the natural rights
of the species, and fagrant crimes against God;
and that it is the solemn duty of every Christian
community to use all proper means for their
immedia'e, complete and universal extinction.
II.-That this meeting are of opinion that
the present struggle in Texas against the Governnient
of Mexico, is not a struggle against
tyranny and oppression for the maintenance
of the principles of political and religious liberty,
but a civil war for the establishment
and perpetuation of Slavery and the Slave
III.-That whereas the ninth section of the
Constitution recently adopted by the Revolutionists
of Texas, contains the following provisions:-viz.
persons of color, who were slaves for
life previous to their emigration to Texas, and
who are now held in bondage, shall remain in
the like state of, servitude, provided the said
slave shall be the bona fide property of the
person so holding said slave as aforesaid. Congress
shall pass no laws to prohibit emigrants
from the United States of America frotm bringing
their slaves into the Republic with them,
and holding them by the same tenure by which
such slaves were held in the United States;
nor shall Congress have power to emancipate
slaves; nor shall any slaveholder be allowed
to emancipate his or her slave or slaves without
the consent of the Congress, unless he or
she shall send his or her slave or slaves without
the limits of the Republic. No free person
of African descent, either in whole or in
part, shall be permitted to reside permanently
in the Republic without the consent of Con.
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