HC Deb 05 March 1841 vol 56 c1346
Mr. O'Connell

said, that he should not bring on his motion respecting Texas till after Easter. A copy of the treaty between this country and Texas not having been laid on the Table, he wished to ask the noble Lord, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether he were prepared to state that any provision was made by the treaty to meet this case, namely, the Texian government did not permit any free person of colour to reside in Texas. That was one of the articles of the constitution of Texas. As the noble Lord was entering into a treaty with Texas, he wished the noble Lord to state, whether any provision had been made to have that law mitigated, so that British free subjects of colour might be permitted to reside in that country.

Viscount Palmerston

said, that the treaty to which the hon. and learned Gentleman had alluded, had not yet been concluded, and all that he could now state was generally this—that the treaty applied only to the commercial relations between the two countries, and did not go into any other matter.

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