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itself, in other words, whether it renders "lands naturally cheap,"
by some peculiar process of its own " dear," and thus paves the
way for fiee Institutions to the destruction of itself! In no part
of the world has this been its ultimate effect. It is freedom, and
freedom alone which gives value to land; and in the application
of the skill, industry, and energy it calls forth, makes even the
poorest lands valuable; and, by the noble motiveswhich it presents
to action, can change a sterile region into fruitful fields. The
bare statement of the proposition of this writer, carries with it its
With respect to the assertion that the efforts of abolitionists,
on their own admission, have failed, nothing can be more untrue.
The abolitionists have never made such a confession. On the
contrary, they have had the greatest cause to rejoice that their
labours have been crowned with success, both in the abolition
of the African slave-trade, and of slavery in the British
Colonies; and that their own country stands absolved from
the guilt of sanctioning the continuance of these twin abominations.
They have deeply lamented the continuance of the foreign
slave-trade, over which they had no control; and,'that through the
perfidy, cupidity, and inhumanity of the powers in treaty-with
Great Britain for its suppression, the means which have been
resorted to lhave increased its horrors, without dimiinising its
extent. This they deplore; but it is an affair which belongs to
the Government. In the meantime, they are using their best
efforts to destroy it by the universal abolition of slavely.
Not less opposed to fact is the assertion, that " England has
ruined an important part of her Colonial empire by abolishing
slavery there, without providing any substitute in the form of
labour for hire." In confiutation of his statement, I refer to the
pages of the Colonial Gazette, by which it will be seen that the imports
of sugar and other staples in the year 1838, the year of transition
from slavery to fi'eedom, and of crisis to the Colonies, were
greater than the average of the two preceding yeas ! In the vely
act for the abolition of slavery, the Government substituted a body
of free labourers for slaves; and wherever fair wages have been
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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/m1/27/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .