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statements on matters of fact. He states, and he demonstrates
what he states, " that the eyes of the south and west had for some
time been turned to this province (Texas) as a new market for
slaves, as a newfield for slave-labour, and as a vast accession of
political power to the slave-holding States. That such views were
prevalent," he adds, " we know; for, nefarious as they are, they
found their way into the public prints. The project of dismembering
a neighbouring republic, that slave-holders and slaves might
overspread a region which had been consecrated to a free population,
was discussed in newspapers as coolly as if it were a matter of
obvious and unquestionable humanity." Nor less valuable and
emphatic was the declaration made in Congress, by the Hon. JOHN
QUINCY ADAMS, in December, 1835, that " the war now raging
in Texas is not a Mexican civil war, but a war for the re-establish?ment
of slavery where it was abolished." The late BENJAMIN
LUNDY, than whom a more devoted philanthropist never lived,
who had travelled through Texas, and made himself entire master
of its history and pretensions, observes, in a pamphlet published
at Philadelphia in 1836, " It is susceptible of the clearest demonstration,
that the immediate cause and the leading object of
this contest, originated in a settled design among the slave-holders
of this country, to wrest the large and valuable territory of Texas
from the MlIexican republic, in order to re-establish the system of
slavery; and to open a vast and profitable slave-market therein;
and ultimately to annex it to the United States."
From the time that senator BENTON wrote his celebrated articles
on the acquisition of Texas to the United States, down to the
period when the TexianGovernment made the formal proposal to
annex it to the great republic, no one ever questioned the facts
which the Texian advocates in this country now affect to deny.
HEN RY CLAY, J. C. CALHIOUN, and a multitude of inferior names,
have all publicly advocated the acquisition of Texas to the United
States, on the ground that it would give stability to the south, and
perpetuate its " peculiar institutions."
AUSTIN and MILAM, it is asserted, were sent to Mexico in 1835,
to remonstrate against the establishment of the Roman Catholic
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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/m1/41/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .