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By Sarah Mytton Maury

ISBN-10: 1108003028

ISBN-13: 9781108003025

During this booklet, first released in 1847, the English writer Sarah Mytton Maury offers a private and intensely confident account of her impressions of the us upon arriving there in past due 1845. via marriage she earnings entry to many American statesmen of her day, and the e-book is devoted to James Buchanan, later President of the us. Maury portrays famous senators, judges, officials, contributors of the clergy and Presidents John Adams and James ok. Polk. a few of the descriptions are interspersed with extracts from speeches and letters via these portrayed. The ebook supplies loads of recognition to the early nineteenth-century dispute among Britain and the USA approximately territorial claims within the north-west, the so-called 'Oregon Question'. in this query as in different concerns of competition or cultural ameliorations among the 2 international locations, Maury keeps a place of neutrality.

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The cotton manufacture is necessary not merely to the prosperity, but almost to the very existence, of England. Destroy it, and you ruin her prosperity. She well knows that she is necessarily dependent upon the nation which holds in its hands the raw material of this manufacture. Such is our position towards her at the present moment. To relieve herself from this dependence, she has endeavoured to promote the cultivation of cotton every where MR. BUCHANAN. 25 throughout the world. Brazil, Egypt and the East Indies have all, in turns, been the theatre of her operations; but she has yet succeeded nowhere to any great extent.

BUCHANAN. the Mississippi, and thus laid the foundation of perpetual disputes concerning their navigation. These disputes have already commenced between us and Texas. Such river questions have ever been a source of perpetual contest between conterminous nations. The republic of Texas now approaches the immediate vicinity of New Orleans, and thus our weakest frontier is exposed. All will admit that General Jackson is a high authority on military questions. In his letter to Mr. Brown, of the 12th February, 1843, he renders it clear, that, should Texas form an alliance with Great Britain, in case of war, our weak south western frontier would be left open, and exposed to the invasion of this powerful and hostile nation, and that the means would thus be placed under its control of exciting a servile insurrection within our borders.

BUCHANAN. I That the acquisition of Texas would ere long convert Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, and probably others of the more northern slave States into free States, I entertain not a doubt. In fact, public opinion was gradually accomplishing this happy result, when the process was arrested by the mad interference of the abolitionists. A measure, having directly in view the gradual abolition of slavery, came within one vote, if my memory serves me, of passing the House of Delegates of Virginia shortly before the abolition excitement commenced.

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