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to avoid the vengeance of the people. Colonel BUTLER succeeded
him, and was instructed to negotiate for its purchase for 5,000,000
dollars, but the Mexicans'would not part with it, tempting as was
the bait. The chivalrous southerners finding they could not obtain
it by intrigue or by purchase, hesitated not to obtain it by
force, when they were invited to do so by their worthless countrymen,
who had found an asylum there, under the sheltering wings
of the Republic, on taking the oath of allegiance to the Government,
and promising obedience to the laws.
It is supremely absurd for Mr. KENNEDY to affirm, that the
Texians fought for the Constitution of 1824 against SANTA
ANNA. That Constitution expressly forbad the introduction of
slaves from any country whatever; and the decree which General
Cos issued on the 20th March, 1836, when he entered Texas, had
special reference to this point, and was intended to secure obedience
to the laws, as the following extract from that document will
prove:-" Whereas a great number of Colonists, in contravention of
the laws and institutions of the Mexican Republic, which expressly
forbids slavery and the slave-trade in all its possessions and territories-availing
themselves of the state of bondage, ignorance, and
almost destitution in which slaves are generally to be found in
some of the States of the United States-found the means of importing
by sea and by land, and keeping in slavery a great number
of coloured people, thus entailing that disgraceful system upon
laws and institutions of the Mexican Republic on
Slavery and the Slave-trade, shall, from this day, remain in full force in
the whole Territory of Texas.
2. In compliance with the said laws, the persons of all coloured
people, of both sexes, are from this moment, declared free. Coloured
people who may present themselves to the Military Governors or Commanders,
claiming the protection of the Mexican Laws, shall be protected,
allowing them their freedom, as well as the faculty of settling in
whatever section of the Republic they choose, providing them with the
But, it appears, that the Texians are now in a position to defend
themselves from the attacks of the Mexicans, and to maintain
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