Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1843

and the Colorado was proposed as a dividing


line. I do not know to whom is due the


initiative of these matters; but I was informed


that the propositions in question, had been


a subject of conversation with Lord Aberdeen.


And I am aware that in another conversation


in which Lord Aberdeen took part, it


was maintained that the population which would


flock into this “free state” from Europe would be


enabled to vote down the Slave holders, and thus


the Texians would of themselves establish an entire


nonslave holding country.

Although I carefully noted these conversations


from the mark of the person with whom I had


them, I did not probably fully estimate their


significance.

I may be mistaken in regard to the equ-


ivalents to be offered by England as they were not


dwelt upon in detail. But in regard to the


two propositions, one to abolish Slavery throughout


the entire territory; the other to establish a non-


slave holding state in Western Texas; and


in regard to the personal standing and relations


with the Govt of the Gentleman making the


propositions, I cannot be in error.

Until within a few months the British


Govt undoubtedly desired the establishment


of peace between Texas and Mexico—Texas


remaining a slave holding country—chiefly


from an apprehension, that if the contest

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Ashbel Smith to Isaac Van Zandt, January 25, 1843. English Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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