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interdicted, as are Haitian ships at Jamaica, (most unwisely and
unjustly in their case) until the rights of humanity are acknowledged,
and the atrocious laws which at once establish slavery and the slavetrade,
and provide for the expulsion of free people of colour, and the
native tribes from the soil, be repealed.
Our present relations with Mexico are of a very promising nature;
and with due precaution, energy and zeal on the part of the Government,
supported as it ought to be by the mercantile communmity, they
can be permanently secured to us as afatvoured nation, notwithstanding
the intrigues in play against us through American influence. SANTA
ANN'A is well kno1wn to be fiiendly to Great Britain; it, therefore,
becomes a serious inquiryl whether by recognising Texas, we may make
Mexico less our friend and ally than she is at present, and injure tlose
very interests we wish to extend and maintain.
It is further said, tlhat the non-recognition of Texas would prevent
this country froml entering into treaty witlh her for the suppression of
the African slave-trade. I question much whether Texas would enter
into any treaty with Great Britain for this purpose. I am inclined
to believe she would follow her great model, the United States, in this
matter, and refuse, on constitutional grounds, to make a treaty with us
for the mutual right of search, and the capture of slavers bearing her flag.
And what if she did Should we be any nearer the attainment of our
object by that means! The experience we have had of the inefficiency
of treaties to suppress the slave-trade, and of the untold miseries which
have been inflicted on the enslaved Africans by the velry treaties we have
made, ought to teach us tlle folly of expecting to succeed in our effolts
by that means. Besides, Texas has too deep a stake in the slave-trade
to warrant the expectation tllat slle would be more faithful to her engagements
than Spain and Portugal, notwithstanding she lhas pronounced
the lfriican slave-trade to be piracy.
It is still further said, may not the recognition of Texas by this country
prevent its annexation to the United States. Not, if that point be
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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/m1/6/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .