Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Message to the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, Nov. 28, 1843 >> Page 77

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Documents | The Reprint Company; John F. Trow & Co. | 1866, 1978
Transcription 77
referring to documents received from the Federal Gov-
ernment. I need not suggest to you to give them a
respectful consideration.
It has been rumored, and some remarks of the
English Minister for Foreign of ,irs in the House of
Lords have given countenance to the rumor, that a
Treaty is on foot, between Great Britain and Texas,
by which the former is to bind herself to guarantee the
Independence of Texas, on condition of the abolition
of Slavery in that country. Our most vital interests
would be involved in such a Treaty. It is scarcely
possible that Texas can make a compact so absolutely
suicidal. The true interests of Texas, and of this
country, demand that she should be annexed to this
Union ; and it is to be hoped that ere long this will be
done. if it is not, the Federal Government should
resist the ratification of any such Treaty with Great
Britain, as an aggression upon the United States.
Possessed of Canada, and the West Indies, claiming
Oregon, seeking to obtain a foothold in Texas, and
looking with a covetous eye to Cuba, this great Naval
Power is evidently aiming to encircle us in her arms.
We should not, perhaps, permit ourselves to doubt, at
this time, that Texas cannot be so blind to her own
welfare as to _make a Treaty stipulating for the aboli-
tion of Slavery, nor that the Federal Government, in
such an event, would fail to assert the rights and dig-
nity of the United States. But an expression of your
opinion on the annexation of Texas to the Union,
might not be improper.
I have, in the discharge of my duty, given you
the best information I possess of the condition of the
State, and recommended to your consideration such