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this fact, would be to place the mark of honour on a despotism the
most cruel and revolting that ever afflicted or disgraced mankind,
and to consign millions of the human race to interminable bondage,
instead of putting the brand of infamy on so flagrant a violation of
the rights of man and the authority of God, and of holding up to
universal execration the men who could " frame (such) iniquity
Still the whole talc of Texian perfidy and guilt is not told. Not
only have these monsters desecrated the soil of Texas by the
re-establishment of slavery and the slave-trade, but they have also
provided for the exclusion from the rights of citizenship, and I
would add, the final expulsion of the aboriginal tribes, and in this
they have become more vile than their republican brethren in the
United States. They have always sought some colourable pretext
for removing the Indians from their borders, but tile Texians intend
to make short work of it. Here is the law :-Sec. 10. " All persons
(Afiicans, the descendants of Africans, whether in whole or
in part, and Indians excepted) who were residing in Texas on
the dav of the declaration of independence, shall be considered
citizens of the republic, and be entitled to all the privileges of
such." Thus are they made aliens in the land of their fathers, and
their fate will, undoubtedly, be that of the free coloured population,
who, we have seen, will not be permitted to reside permanently in
And these are the men who have sent their envoys hither to
obtain their recognition as a sovereign State ! If there be any dignity
in our rulers-any respect for the national honour-any regard
for the rights and happiness of mankind-any devotion to the cause
of liberty-any reverence for God, these envoys will be sent back
with scorn and indignation to the base Government they represent.
Let them bear back tile message, that England, true to the great
principles she professes, true to the interests of humanity, true to
the cause of freedom, true to the sacred claims of religion, sends
an emphatic negative to all her overtures.
I am, Sir, your very obedient humble servant,
Hlotowslow, Oct. 8th.
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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/m1/16/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .