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moral and political, which should prevent this Government from
listening for one moment to the overtures of the Texian envoys to
secure its recognition as a sovereign State. Its recognition by
France is considered by the Constitutionel and other influential
papers in that country, as of very questionable policy, and the event
will show whether she will be a gainer by it. I much doubt it.
On moral grounds the question of its recognition ought not to be
entertained; but as I have already addressed you somewhat at
length on that point, in concluding this letter I will throw out a
few remarks, why I conceive that, on political grounds, this country
should refuse to entertain the proposition.
1. OUR RELATION WITH MEXICO. I am no politician-I profess
not to be learned in the lore of international law-I do not understand
the moral code of statesmen; but this I can conceive, that
the recognition of Texas, under present circumstances, is likely to
inflict a deep injury and insult on a fiiendly power in league with
us. It is a well-established fact that Texas has been wrested from
3Mexico, not by her own subjects in the redress of their grievances
and the vindication of their rights, but by the citizens of the United
States, whose object has either been plunder; or the re-establishment
of slavery and the slave-trade, evils which Mexico had, to
her great honour, abolished throughout her dominions. And it
was in the honest attempt to cause her laws to be respected in this
particular, and to break up a contraband trade which had been extensively
carried on by American adventurers, that she sent General
Cos, and subsequently SANTA ANNA, with troops into Texas: they
were both defeated; and, in consequence of the supply of men and
the munitions of war from the United States, coupled with her own
intestine feuds, Mexico has not hitherto been able to regain her
authority in that province. These are the facts of the case.
It strikes me as of the greatest importance that the integrity of
the Mexican empire should be preserved in tact, as a check upon
the Anglo-Saxon Americans, whose intriguing spirit and encroaching
ambition we have much reason to fear. It should be remembered
also, that, by diminishing the territory of Mexico, we curtail
her means of paying the debts she owes our merchants, and thus
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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/m1/29/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .