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as far back as 1829 ? In a speecll before the Colonization Society
he remarkedl: " It is believed Illat no whtere in the farming portion
of the United States would slave labour be generally employed, if
the proprietor were not tempted to raise slaves by the high price
of the southlern market, which keeps it up in his own." This
is the testimony of experience, and is most valuable from the lips
of such a man.
If we may believe the statements contained il the American
Papers, it is quite clear, that the Cotton Planters are in an agony
at the present moment. 'The most talented amongst them have been
devising schemes at a great convention in Georgia, to regulate the
prlice of cotton-wool, in tlle British Market, through the medium of
the Bankls. Like the planters in the British Colonies, during the
period of slavery, they are unable to sustain themselves, independently
of foreign aid. They cannot afford to keep tlleir stocks
-they have no spare capital-hence, the struggle in which they
are at present engaged, to sustain their interests, and to avert, if it
be possible, that ruin which appears to be inevitable. From Mississippi
alone, no less thani 15,000 slaves were run out last year by
their masters, who were unable to pay their debts, into Texas and
Arkansas; and large numbers were in plison under executions,
awaiting sales to meet demands on their owners. Tlle New
Orleans Bulletin, quoted in a New York Paper of the 26th October
last, adverting to the great distress which is felt in Mississippi,
observes, that " Good plantations with every improvement and
convenience, such as Houses, Gins, and Negro Cabins, have often
been sold at fiom two to five dollars per acre. In Madison County,
some superior plantations have been sacrificed in the same wav."
In commenting on this, and similar statements, the Editor says:"
The slave system is full of wretchedness. Its abettors pluck
forbidden fi'uit, and the ground brings forth her thorns and briers.
So may we expect it to be in an age like this, wherever that
system is retained."
In a very able report drawn up and published by WILLIAM
KENRICK, Esq., of Portsmouth, Virginia, on the present state of
agriculture, and its future prospects in that State, bearing date thle
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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/m1/22/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .