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finally terminated the existence of slavery throughout their dominions.
But the revolted Texians have re-established both. To
place this matter beyond dispute, I make tile following quotations
fiom their laws, and place them in julxta-position witll those of
Mexico, that their atrocious claracter may be the more con.
1. The commerce and traffic in
slaves, proceeding fiomn whateler powler,
and under whatever flag, is for erer prohibite(d
within the territories of the l. iited
2. " The slaves who may be introduced
contrary to the tenor of tile preceding
article, shall remainfree in coitsequence
of treading the lMeican soil."
-I)ecree of July1 13,1834.
Sla er f.
" The President of tie United Mexican
States to the inhabitants of the
B it known, that in the vear 1829,
being desirous of signalizing tile anlniversary
of our independence by ant act
of national justice and beneficence, which
may contribute to the strength and
support of such inestimable welfare, as
to secure more and more the public
tranquillity, and reinstate an unfortunate
portion of our inhabitants in the
sacred rights granted them by nature,
and may be protected by tile nation
under wise and just laws, according to
the provision in article 30 of the Constitutive
Act; availing myself of the
extraordinary faculties granted me, I
have tlhought proper to decree:1.
IIAT SLAVERY BE EXTERMINATED
IN TIll REPUITLIC.
2. CONSEQUENTI.Y TIOSE ARE Fr.EE,
WH 1 Ui TO TIIIS DAY IIAVE RBEEN
L.OOKED ITPON AS SLAVES."Decree
of President G UEnrno, 15th
LAWS OF TEXAs.
Slaverv and the Slate-Trade.
Sec. 9. All persons of colour, who
were slaves for life previous to their
emigration to Texas, and wilo are nowu
held( in bondage, shall remain in tle
like state of servitude, provided the
said slave shall be the bona fide property
of the person so holding said
slave as aforesaid. Cos;nRESS s1hall
pass 7o laws to prohibit emligrantsjfroml
the United States oJ America Jiroo bringing
their slaves ilnto the republic uIith
them, and holding them by the same
tenure by wlichl such slaves were lieltl
in the United States, nor shall Co.NC,RESS
11AVE TIlE POW ER TO EMANCIPATE
SLAVES; NOR 6SHALL ANY SLAVE-IIOLDER
I'E AL.OWED TO EMANCIPATE nIS OIl HIrCI
SLA\VES W,ITIIOUT TIlE CONSENT OF CONcnrss,
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 permnalently
in the republic, witliout the consent
of Congress ; and the importation
or admission of Africans or negroes
into tlhis republic, excepting from the
United States of America, is for ever
prohibited and declared to be piracy."
Note. The prohibition of the African
slave-trade was designed to assimilate
the 'Texian laws to those of the United
States, and to give the slave-breeders
of the Southern States the monopoly of
the slave-market. But notnwithstanding
the prohibition, African slaves, t i
Cuba, are continually introduced.
Ilere then we have the atrocious fact unblnshingly avowed in tllc
solemn decisions of the Texian legislature, that Texas, one of tle
fairest portions of the world, is to be devoted in perpetuity to slaveholders
and slaves ! To acknowlledge its independence in view of
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