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already decided on, whichi I firmlly believe it is. The only thing that
will prevent annexation, is, tlle fear of war with this country, ly the
Ulited States. As to her anxiety to clutch Texas, there can be no
doubt; and witl the understanding tllnt exists between the' two
powers, she will wait some favourable opportunity, when this country
is absorbed, in what may be dccmcd more weighty matters, to make it her
own. I should place no faitll in any stipulations Texas might make to
tlhe contrary. It is not the rccognition of Texas, but the power of
England, that will p-event its annexation to the United States.
But supposing that the recognition of Texas were followed by an
iiirca seof commerce, by a treaty for the abolition of the slave-trade, anld
by stipulations that it should not be annexed to the United States, are
there no considerations which would outweigll these advantages . Great
Britain occupies a distinguished position in the family of nations; and
her moral power is not less felt, than her political power is dreaded.
Iias slhe not set a noble example to the nations of the earth in tle abolition
of the slave-trade, and in the emancipation of her enslaved.
population in the Colonies, and in the protection she has determined
to afford to the Aborigines within her vast dominions ! Her people are
distinguished for their generous plilanthropy and religious principles, and
are not content that the interests of humanity, and the cause of universal
freedom, shall be sacrificed to a Treaty of Commerce with the enemies
of both; and any Government, in this country, that would outrage the
moral feelings of the people, by recognizing a State, which had in these
days established the system of slavery, and provided for its perpetuation,
which had unblushingly opened its markets for the slave-trade-whnich
lhad doomed to destruction or expatriation, the Indians within its borders
-and which liad shown itself alike destitute of every human sympathy
and principle of honour-must expect to hear the ildignant rebuke of
an insulted people. And further, should it so far forget the lofty position
to which it has been raised, as to fonri an alliance with the libertydestroying
and slave-holding Texians, and thus compromisc the moral
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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/m1/7/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .