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In 1832, the law prohibiting emigration to Texas from the
United States, was repealed, and the Supreme State of Coahuila
and Texas passed a Colonization law, similar to that passed in
1825, with a few trifling alterations in its details, without chang.
ing its general features or principles. In that law, it is again provided,
that " the new settlers, in regard to the introduction of slaves,
shall be subject to the lans which now exist, and which shall hereafter
be made on the subject." The Supreme Government had
decreed, on the 14th of October, 1823, that " foreigners who
bring slaves with them, shall obey the laws established upon the
matter, or which shall hereafter be established." In 1824, as
we have before seen, Mexico entirely abolished the slave trade,
whether fiom Afiica, or fiom the United States, or elsewhere;
and on the 15th of September, 1829, it consummated its noble
designs by the total overthrow of slavery throughout the country.
On what pretence, then, can it be argued that the Anglo-Saxon
Americans from the United States have been wronged? Did they
not voluntarily place themselves under the Government and laws of
Mexico, whether it respected religion or slavery ? The Colonists
well knew that none but the established religion could be tolerated
constitutionally by the Mexican Government, when they took the
oath of allegiance to it. But the Mexicans, notwithstanding,
allowed the Colonists the fiee exercise of their religion, and. both
Methodists and Presbyterians held their meetings openly, without
molestation or hindrance from the Government or from individuals.
The Colonists also knew, that slaves would on no account whatever
be allowed to be introduced into Texas, and yet they introduced
them, in large numbers, and, calculating upon the sympathy and
assistance of the slave-holding south, they defied the general
Government, and finally rebelled against it. The opposition
of the Mexican laws to the re-establishment of slavery and
the slave-trade in Texas was the origin of the revolt. On
this point, there is but one opinion, in the United States, and,
though the Texian advocates affect to speak slightingly of the
authority of the celebrated Dr. CHANNINo, no man who knows that
eminent individual will for a moment question the accuracy of his
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