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ABOLITIONISTS OF GREAT BRITAIN.
THE extension of slavery and the slave-trade in lands which had been
consecrated by a free people to liberty, cannot but l)e regarded with
horror, by every man who venerates the free institutions of this country,
who loves his species, and who admits the sacred principles of the Gospel
to be binding upon his conscience. Texas, a splendid portion of the
Mexican empire, was so consecrated, by the free Government which overthrew
the despotism of Spain in the New World: and it is in Texas, that
citizens of the United States have re-established slavery, and opened a
new market for the purchase and sale of human beings! Texas has been
wrested from its parent State, without a single plea that could justify the
nefarious proceeding. Thither the most abandoned of mankind had
resorted, principally from the slave States of the Great Republic; and
after having defied the laws they were sworn to obey, broke out into
rebellion, and triumphed in their iniquity.
The independence of this robber State has been acknowledged by the
United States, and, we grieve to say, by France also. An appeal has
been made to the Government of this great country, by the envoys she las
sent hither, to follow their example; and there are not wanting among
us, men who publicly advocate the measure as of national importance.
It has been my object to answer such, and to show that the national
honour would be compromised by such an act.
It is said, that the commercial interests of the country would suffer
bly its non-recognition. That cannot be, for Texian vessels with their
produce are allowed to enter British ports, on the same terms, as if they
still belonged to the Mexican Empire, although I could wish they were
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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/m1/5/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .