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given, and honourable treatment shown to the liberated bondsman,
they have manifested the greatest alacrity to perform a fair amount
of labour, and have exhibited a spirit and temper, under the most
trying circumstances, which it would be well if their masters appreciated,
if they did not imitate.
Akin to his other assertions is that in which he states that "' we
liave set free 800,000 negroes in the West Indies, and have thereby
prompted Brazil to import as many fresh slaves from Africa."
The Brazilian slave-trade has been great for many years, and the
causes which sustain it are far different from those a$signed. The
slave produce from Brazil is shut out from the British market;
and I should like to know what other market we have created for
its products which it did not enjoy before ?
And what has been the aim of this writer in the unjustifiable
statements he has made? To exalt Texas, which has had the wisdom,
he says, to establish slavery and the slave-trade; and to depreciate
Great Britain, which has had the honesty to terminate both! In
his estimation, the Texians are " men of the highest energy and the
strongest commercial propensities ;" and he warns this great country
against wounding " the pride of as proud a set of men as ever
lived," by refusing to acknowledge their independence. One
would suppose that this country depends upon Texas as a market
for her manufactures. But the writers in the Colonial Gazette are
inconsistent with themselves. In the articles under review we are
told, that by refusing to recognize Texas, "we make France a
present of her trade with Europe;" but in the editorial part of the
paper issued on the 2nd instant, it is said, " If Texas takes British
manufactures in exchange for cotton, there will be a thriving and
growing trade between the two countries, with or without ' recognition
;'" and it is added, "( suppose commerce with the new republic
prohibited, English vessels would discharge their cargoes
at New Orleans, thence to be forwarded to the proscribed territory."
I have no doubt that commerce witll this country, if that be the
thing desired, will be carried on between the two countries, whether
there be slavery or no slavery in Texas, and whether it be recognized
or not, as an independent State: but there are grounds both
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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/m1/28/: accessed May 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .