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tcan impoverished ad dbarbarized West Indian Colony of England,"
by following her great example. Perlaps, however, the
philosopher sometimes merges into the w1an, and this may account
for his inconsistency in branding slavery as a " crime," while, at
the same time, lie justifies the crimiwnls who maintain it! And
the patriot is equally inconsistent with the philosopher. He claims
to be regarded as one whose "' humble endeavours have becn
uniformly devoted-to the abolition of slavery in tie British Colonies,"
and yet he pleads the cause of the Texian slave-holders with all
tlhe zeal of a feed advocate. But he merges tlhe man in tle patriot!
The points I propose to bring under review, in reftitation of tie
statementsof til Editor of tlec Colonial Gazette, and (l . KENNEDY,
is the true cause of the Texian revolt; tlhe absurdity of
suilposing that the Texians can maintain their boasted indepeldence,
iuaide(l by tile United States ;-and to show that tile annexation
of Texas to that great republic, though relinquished in
form, is not abandoned in fact.
The Texian Advocates both affilrm tliat, " The violation of a
constitutional compact, and reiterated acts of injustice on tile part
of Mexico," was the cause of the revolt. In support of this
view, the Editor of the Colonia(l Gazette, asserts, tlat AUSTIN'S
Colony, (Fredonia,) was settled in 1824, " upon the express illvitation
of tlie 3exican Governmtent, and atter reciprocal stipllations
had been solemnly guaranteed on both sides"--tlat successive
bands of emigrants were allured by tlhe Mcxican Government,
firom that period dolwn to 1832.-Tllat this )body of emigrants
becamle " MIexican subjects ;" and, in return, -were promised
" entire religious fieedom, and a Republican Government on the
basis of a iinmber of tederatcd States :"-That SANTA ANNA, subverted
tlheir rightl, 1) altetring tile Constitution of the Empire,
and by the new Government enacting, that " The Roman Catholic
Religion, silould be the exclusive religion of the State:"-Tlhat
AU.TIN and MILAM, were sent to Mexico in 183.5, to remonstrate
against this, but were arrested and thrown into prison, and " after
months of incarceration," were "allowed to return, only to tell
that all was lost :"-That in the autumn of 1835, the garrisons in
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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/m1/35/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .