Southwestern Historical Quarterly
TADEO ORTIZ DE AYALA AND THE COLONIZATION OF
EDITED BY EDITH LOUISE KELLY AND MATTIE AUSTIN HATCHER
Ortiz to Alaman
Consulate of the United States of Mexico in Burdeos,
October 31, 1830.
Excellent Sir-I have the honor of enclosing to Your Excel-
lency the report relative to the colonization of the various un-
appropriated lands of the frontier. I have written this for the
purpose of setting forth certain principles. I have perhaps ex-
pressed myself too freely. However, it is one of the most interest-
ing questions to the Republic, but unfortunately it has been one of
the most neglected points up to this time. I therefore indicate to
His Excellency, the Vice-President, some general and particular
thoughts. In my judgment, these may serve as the basis for a
general and systematic colonization law. To these items may be
added the ideas which the knowledge of the legislative body and
the government may supply, thus forming a law which the nation
needs and which the changing conditions of the frontiers and the
security of the territory of the Republic urgently demand.
I beg that you will present it to His Excellency the Vice-Presi-
dent, using your influence, in order that he may be good enough
to take into consideration some of the points that it contains. If
they be considered useful, let the most feasible be adopted and the
others be recommended to the deliberation of congress with the
modifications and additions, which the government thinks ad-
vantageous. At the same time may Your Excellency accept the
considerations of my profound respect.
[Marginal Note] January 20, 1831. .[Answer, saying] re-
ceived with thanks and the government will make use as it sees
fit of the ideas contained in the report for the benefit of the
Then file with the report previously made.
1See SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY, XXXII, 74, note 1.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101089/. Accessed March 16, 2014.