The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

Gaceta de Texas: Translation of First Number

GACETA DE TEXAS: TRANSLATION OF THE FIRST
NUMBER
TRANSLATOR'S NOTE
I published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XL, 200-
215, a history of the Gaceta de Texas, the first issue of which was
dated May 25, 1813: I here present a translation of this first
issue-which was probably the last. The Gaceta de Texas con-
sists of two separate sheets. Printing appears only on one side.
Each page has two complete columns. The first page is devoted
to an article entitled "Reflections." The second page is composed
of many articles under the general title of "Foreign News."
TEXAS GAZETTE
No. 1) (Vol. 1
NACOGDOCHES, MAY 25, 1813
THE PUBLIC SAFETY IS THE SUPREME LAW
REFLECTIONS
If from the very moment in which we began our political
regeneration we had tried in good faith to establish a system
both in the military affairs as well as in those that pertain to
the civil side; if we had known how to make use of all the
resources with which we have protected the just cause of our
liberty and independence: and finally, if we had always followed
the line of true justice, we should now be entirely free and the
Gachupines that even now promenade through the outskirts of
San Antonio, would have seen themselves forced to embrace our
cause or to abandon a country that was determined to deprive
the traitors of the iron scepter with which they have governed
us until now.
I would give myself up to a lasting grief and I perhaps would
die of sorrow if I believed that the system established at present
was to endure for any length of time; but being certain that the
dawn of happiness is about to appear on our horizon, I can do
no less than begin to express my happiness: yes beloved com-

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101107/. Accessed September 17, 2014.