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would occupy too large a space in your colunns, I would ask permission
to present it to the attention of the British public through
that medium. Thus much, however, may be predicted with certainty,
that should State reasons, of paramount importance, so far
influence the cabinet of Washington, as to render it inexpedient to
annex Texas to the United States at present, the time is not far
distant, when that glorious land will become an integral part of the
great republic by cession, or failing that, the southern States will
assuredly annex themselves to Texas.
It may be proper to remark here, that the Government of tlle
United States has not peremptorily and finally refused the proposal
of annexation made by the Texian legislature, and that subsequently
to the suspension of the negotiations on this important
subject, the Texian legislature, upon the motion to withdraw the
proposal, decided in the negative; so that they may effect its
renewal as soon as a favourable opportunity arrives.
Texas is of vital importance to the soutllern slave States. Maryland,
Virginia, and Kentucky wvill find there a vast market for
their surplus slave population, and the detestable and loathsome
business of slave-breeding will be the most profitable of all speculations.
" Give us Texas," say the slave-holders and slavebreeders,
and you will increase the value of our property fifty per
cent !" Governor M'DuvFIIE, J. C. CALHOUN, and HENnY CLAY,
the most eminent of southern politicians and statesmlen, have al
advocated the acquisition of Texas as of vital importance to the
slave States; and there will not be found, south of tlhe line which
separates the free from the slave States, a single manl, of any inportance,
who is not of the same opinion, and who is not prepared
to make the greatest sacrifices for its attainment.
The revolt in Texas owes its origin to the prevalence of this
opinion and determiniation. Having failed by negotiation and
fraud, during the last twenty years to secure Texas, the slaveholders
of the south, and tlle land-jobbers of tle north, liave poured
into that unhappy country, hordes of characterless villains, whlose
sole object has been to re-establish slavery arnd the slave-trade,
and by the most infamlous species of gambling to dupe the credulous,
and to fill their own pockets with unrighteous gain. Taking
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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/m1/11/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .