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purpose of blinding the eyes of the abolitionists of the northern
States, and of the Government of this country, to secure their
object. But the friends of human happiness and liberty are on
the alert, and I trust, will be enabled to frustrate their designs.
I again affirm that Texas is doomed to become an integral part of
the United States by cession, or failing that, that the southern
States will annex themselves to Texas; and if the Government
does not wish to compromise British interests in the Gulph of
Mexico, it must pause before it elevates Texas to the dignity of an
On this point, let the Hon. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS be again
heard. In a public letter addressed to his constituents, which
appeared in the Boston papers in June last, that distinguished
individual says:--" The policy of the South, with regard to the
affairs of the Union, is exclusively devoted to that object"-the
maintenance of their peculiar institution, slavery. " That was the
impulse under which they effected the dismemberment of Mexico,
and the establishment of the Republic of Texas. A part of that
plan, as you know, was to annex to this Union the New Republic,
with an additional belt of five degrees of latitude across Continent
to the South Sea. Had that plan been consummated, a territory
sufficient for the foundation of ten States with the new brand of
irrevocable slavery upon their brows, would have been brought to
sit like an incubus upon the nation, and nothing less than the
unextinguishable energies of freedom could have saved you from
the re-instated curse of slavery upon yourselves. It may serve as
a consolation and encouragement to you, under the contemptuous
treatment of your petitions, that, slighted as they were, they
averted for a time that impending ruin. I say FOR A TIME; for
you will do well not to trust that ostensible withdrawal by the
Republic of Texas of her solicitation for the annexation of herself
to this Union. The fraud and duplicity with which the whole
project was conducted, from the first mission of Mr. ANTIIONY
BUTLER to Mexico, and the confidential letters of the late President
(JACKSON) to the Secretaries of Arkansas and Florida,
down to the last session of Congress, when all your petitions
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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/m1/52/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .