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throw unnecessary obstacles in the way of their final adjustment.
The least thing we can do is to remain neutral in the affair, espccially
as we have not yet acknowledged the independenee of Haiti,
with her mlillion of fieemen, who richly deserve the liberty they
have won, and who have shown themselves able to defend the
freedom they have achieved. Is it because Haiti is a republic of
blacks that she has been thus treated, or was it in compliment to
France that we lhave thus acted towards her ? Whatever may
have been the reason, of this I am certain, that Texas, has no
claims that can be at all compared with her's in the matter under
2. TiE POSITION OF TEXAS. What is that position ? Is it one of
strength or weakness? Unsustained by the United States, she is
powverless. She looks to the arm which sustained her in rebellion
to defend her in future. And that assistance will be refused the
moment it is understood that Texas abandons the project of annexation
to the Union. Should she set up for an Independent State,
she will be the rival of the southern States in the British markets,
and be able to undersell them; for, according to General HAMILTON'S
statement, she can, not only raise a superior article in cotton,
but can raise it at 30 per cent less than they can grow it. Will the
South, which has made Texas what she is, allow her to be a competitor
and rival ? It is absurd to suppose so.
In the early part of last year, a proposition was made in the
Texian legislature to withdraw the proposition for annexation which
had been formally made to the United States, and the great argument
used was this, "that England would never recognise the
independence of Texas so long as they continued to request annexation
to the United States." From the report of the proceedings of
the Texian legislature, on discussing the proposition alluded to, I
make the following extracts:
" Mr. JONES read extracts of a letter fiom our minister at the
Court of St. James, setting forth the friendly feeling on the part of
the British Government towards this republic, whose ability,
however, to maintain her independence, the letter observed, was
doubted in Enjgland." " Mr. HILL doubted the right of Congress
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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/m1/30/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .