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Governor, before the adoption of the existing Constitution, sent a
message to his Council, in which he himself denounced them
as a set of vagabonds and fugitives from justice. HOUsToN
himself has repeatedly and publicly spoken of BURNET and his
cabinet, as a set of corrupt and greedy rogues, not fitted to be
trusted; and LAMAR has written and published letters, in which he
more than hints that HOUSTON suffered himself to be bribed. These
be your "gentlemen of religious habits" and "fair average
domestic characters!" But supposing they were not the " cutthroats,
desperadoes, outlaws, and criminals" which the Arkansqc4
Advocate asserts them to be; and were adorned with all the virtues
and graces which the Anglo-Texian advocates say they possess,
would it not be sufficient to condemn them to the execratton
of all good men that they have deliberately re-established slavery
and the slave-trade in Texas, and provided for the permanency
of these institutions; and that they have further provided
by law, for the expatriation of all free persons of colour from the
soil, and for the destruction or expulsion of the native Indians ?
I may be " pre-eminently ignorant" in the opinion of Mr. WILLIAM
KENNEDY, and a mere ' sentimental abolitionist" in the
judgment of the Editor of the Colonial Gazette, butI rejoice that I
can say, that I have never uttered a syllable, or written a sentence
in defence of tyrants, or which could tend to the degradation and
affliction of my fellow-man; and my earnest prayer is, that the
British Government will have virtue enough to refuse the overtures
of the Texian envoys, and treat with the disdain they merit
the insidious counsels of their advocates.
I am, Sir, your obedient humble servant,
London, November 18th.
P.S.-I should like to have inserted here, as an appropriate close to
these Letters, the whole of an exceedingly important document, presented
to the United States' Government by the Mexican Minister, immediately
on its having become officially known, that it had recognized the
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