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Tlhe correspondence of General HovSTON' with General DrNtLAP,
in 1836(, and the revelations made in the Texian legislature last
year, clearly prove that Texas is dependent upon tile United
States for its emigrants, for its slave population, and for its defence,
in case Mexico should determine to recover it. Texas is, moreover,
without capital: her resources were wasted in the late
revolt, and one of the chief objects she las in view iln rgillg
upon the British Government the question of lher recognition, is
that she may be able to negotiate a loan with this country, to
the extent it is stid, of 2,000,000 to 5,000,000 dollars! Thus,
if we consider that lier military means are small-that her
infamous conduct to the Indianls las made them her enemies, and1
that already they keep her soldiers continually on the alert-tlht
her labouring population is composed of slaves, who may, on tle
first favourable opportunity presented to them, take vengeance fbi
the deep injuries and wrongs which tlley have suffered-and that
she is without resources and in debt, I ask on what pretence it can
be affirmed, that slie is in a position to defend herself against
Mexico, when that power shall determine to reduce her to obedience
? At all events, I ask, whether the British Government,
unger these circumstances, would not compromise its dignity, and
greatly lessen itself in tlhe opinion of the people of England, of
Mexico, and of thc world, were it seriously to entertain the proposal
of its recognition ?
There is another point of immense ilnportance to this country,
in colnexion with the separation of Texas from Iexico : [ refer to
its annexation to the United States. The slave-breeding States want
Texas as a slave market, to which they can send their surplus poplulation
for sale. To give some idea of the traffic in slaves in tlie
southern States, I quote a passage fiom tlhe Nev Orleans C'ourie;,
February 16tll, 1839. In speaking of the prohibition of tlle
African slave-trade, while the inter State slave-trade is permitted,
it says :-" The United States' law may, and probably does, put
MILLIONS into the pockets of the people living between Roanoke and
Mason and Dixon's line; still we think it would require some
casuistry to show, that the present slave-trade from that quarter, is a
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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/m1/47/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .