The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929

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TADEO ORTIZ DE AYALA AND THE COLONIZATION
OF TEXAS, 1822-1833
EDITED BY EDITH LOUISE KELLY AND MATTIE AUSTIN HATCHER
IV
Ortiz to the Secretary of Relations
Matamoros, February 3, 1833.
In the month of February of last year, I had the honor of com-
municating to your Excellency, from New Orleans, the misfortune
of my shipwreck and the fact that, notwithstanding this unfortu-
nate incident and my distressing situation, I went on into Texas to
fulfill my mission. I did so, not with a view of escaping the duty
on account of the distressing situation in which I found myself,
but for the purpose of giving the government an idea of the politi-
cal status of this most interesting part of the Republic and of the
defensive measures that might seem best after an examination had
been made. In consequence thereof, I have the honor to give the
promised information by means of the accompanying document,
which I beg you will bring to the notice of the President of the
Republic, to the end that, if he regard it favorably, it may be
taken under advisement and the desired results attained. For the
information of the government, I likewise advise your Excellency
that I am on this day to continue my trip to the capital where I
hope to communicate with you and report fully on my trip, giving
whatever information may be of interest to the government and
the nation.
Report of Ortiz to the President on Conditions in Texas
February 2, 1833.
As a commissioner of the Federal Union and as a Mexican, I
believe that I would not be fulfilling my most sacred duty, if I
did not take steps in the present difficulties, to give to your Excel-
lency's government, and through you, to the next national assem-
bly, a brief report of the deplorable condition in which I found the
former Province of Texas-destined by its geographic position and

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