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Texians are an intelligent and enterprising people, " whose object
it is to establish fiee institutions on a congenial soil ;" that " persons
who have travelled witlh unprejudiced minds through the
southern States of the American Union, cannot conscientiously assert
that the negroes are subjected to ill-treatment, or that their masters
deserve to be held up as monsters to the rest of the world ;"
that the rude intelference of a "c zeal without knowledge"
" lhas prevented the emancipation of the slaves in Maryland and
Virginia," and that to oppose the recognition of the independence
of Texas "is to play the game of the pro-tariff Americans, in order
to gratify a few crotchetty enthusiasts, who would plunge us into
a war with the people of our own blood, without attaining the
desired end, but, on the contrary, creating new obstacles to its
I challenge Mr. WILLIAM KENNEDY, or the writer in the u1ll
Observer, to the discussion and proof of these several points. Let
him produce his facts-let him marshal his argutments in support
of his opinions and statements; but let him not suppose that to
designate JOSEPH STURGE as a " credulous man, whose mind is
possessed of one predominating idea," and those with whom he
acts, as a " few crotchetty enthusiasts"---will accomplish his purpose,
or prove that " the Texian land pirates," or " the southern
slave-holders and slave-breeders," are worthy of honour, or that
himself is the wisest and most unprejudiced of men.
At present, I have done with Mr. WILLIAM KENNEDY and the
Hull Observer, but with permission, Sir, I would venture a few
remarks on the claims of Texas to be recognised as a free and
independent State by this country; and of the consequences which
would inevitably follow.
The ostensible ground on which Texas appealed to the United
States for the recognition of her sovereignty was, that she was fuilly
justified in her revolt against Mexico, and that she had achieved
her independence, and was enabled to maintain it by force of
arims ; but the real ground on which slhc-was recognised, with such
indecent hastc, by that Government, was with the view to her ultimate,
if not immediate, annexation to the union.
The evidence on this point is complete: and were it not that it
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Scoble, John. Texas, its claims to be recognised as an independent power by Great Britain : examined in a series of letters, book, 1839; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6108/m1/10/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .