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papers of the United States, opposed to the abolitionists, as monsters
of iniquity, as men who stood charged in their own country with
the worst of crimes. Even the Arltwnsas Adcocate, a soutlhell
paper, in referring to them, and to their followers, hesitates not to
say, " We are very certain that the vicissitudes of fortune have
transformed a multitude of cut-throats, desperadoes, outlaws, and
criminals, into Texian heroes and statesmen."
But let us measure the men by their acts. What have these
soi-disant Texians done to win renown, or to gain for themselves
the honour of being numbered among the sovereign powers of the
They have revolted from Mexico without any just cause for so
doing. They had no injuries to redress and no claims to prefer,
which would not have been honourably met. The emigrants in
Texas were always treated with the greatest liberality by the parent
State, whose sole object was to foster them, and to encourage the
fice, the industrious, and the enterprising, to seek a home within
her borders; to acknowledge the independence of Texas, under
tlese circumstances, is to sanction treason of the worst kind, and
to fix a premlium on unprovoked rebellion, simply because it has
I have already shown that the revolt in Texas was nurtured and
sustained by the land-jobbers and slave-holders of the United
States, who by the force of arms liad conquered it, and that the
Texialns, few in number, and without any real grievances to redress,
were made a cover to the villanous projects of these daring
adventurers. To acknowledge its independence is to sanction
an usurpation of the most unjustifiable character ;-and a violation
of the law of nations unparalleled in the history of civilized
But not only are these Texians to be regarded as rebels and
usurpers, in reference to Mexico, and to be considered as such by
powers in amity witl that irepublic, but they stand before the world
the confessed enemies of the human race, and of the sacred principles
of freedom. Here, again, we refcr to their acts.
It is well known that the Mexicans, as far back as the year
1824, totally abolished the slave-trade, and in the year 1829,
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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/m1/14/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .