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and the fact, that prime negroes can be had for 300 to 00 dollars,
via Cluba, which would cost 600 to 1000 dollars, imported
fiom the United States, we may feel confident that a larle nnillrbe
is annually introduced; and that tle law which declares it to be
piracy, is scarcely better than waste paper. I have a communication
from Dr. M. THOMPSON, of H. M. S. Sapplio, before me,
dated 14th August, 1838, in which he states, that " slaves are still
imported into Texas from Cuba, and the African coast ;" and adds,
that the captain of one of the slavers, which had been recently captured
by that vessel, had assured him that his next vessel would be
taken to Texas. Wherever there is a market for slaves, there
slaves will be taken in defiance of all laws, especially when the
law makers, and the law administrators, as in the case of the
Texians, are slave-holders.
On the other point, on which the Texian advocates feel so sore
-the reputed character of their worthies-I would observe, that
vituperation and abuse, I abhor and repudiate as much as my
censors. There are, however, some men whllo may be properly designated
by their crimes, and in my opinion, the Texians are of that
number. It is no offence against truth or charity, in my judgment,
to call a slave-holder, a man-thief, though the term may
appear harsh to those who know nothing of the degradation and
horrors of slavery, and the violation of every righteous and llly
principle whicl it involves. I certainly do not feel condemned
by the terms I have applied to the leaders of the Texian revolt,
and to the infamous principles on which they have founded their
The Boston Atlas of April 16th, 1837, a paper opposed to the
Abolitionists, asks :--" Who are the LEADERS in this heroic struggle?"
And the reply is, " General HOUSTON, once Governor of
Tennessee, but since that, a Chief of the Cherokees, a miserable
vagabond and brawler, lately enacting Lynch's Law at Washington,
now the apostle of Texian freedom. ROBERT POTTER, once a
member of Congress, but infamous throughout the Union, for his
bloody brutality and universal scoundlrelism--lately the tenant of tlie
State prison; expelled with scorn and contempt from the Legisla-
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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/m1/55/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .