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"We have lately conversed with two gentlemen who had been travelling in Texas, one, an intelligent Englishman, who had visited there for purposes of speculation; the other, a large slaveholder, and who owns a plantation in the Jlepublic . Both assured us, that the slave population was alraost, if not quite, equal to the white. The incident being in our mind.of the New Orleans craft, fitted out as a slaver between Cuba and Texas, we asked the slaveholder, whether the praclice of smuggling slavea into Texas were not a common one. He evaded the question at first, but at last frankly answered, that tlioagh the Governmeüt foibnde it, it was a common practice - and he confessec thathe himself hadon his plantation, sev eral African slaves, freshly iroporled. ín cidentally he mentioned, that they wer occasionally smuggled into Louisiana ; an( specified a particular instance in ïha State.As an illustration of the moráis of the new Republic, he stated, that during the four raonths he was there, on his last visit ihere were fiftecn deaths by violence - most of them by assassination. This account was corroborated by the statemen of the Englishman, who represented th state of moráis as most deplorable. W asked the slaveholder whether there ha been any change for the better, for th last few years. He said, no. Before th war, the moráis of the country were better. The war had attracted crowds of reckless adventurers, and at its close, they were turned loose on the community, to indulge their passions, and live by their wits."