RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
Terdn and Texas: A Chapter in Texas-Mexican Relations. By
Ohland Morton, with an introduction by Eugene C. Barker.
Austin (The Texas State Historical Association), 1948. Pp.
Time has lessened the intensity of feeling between Texans
and Mexicans over the Texas revolution and the subsequent
annexation of Texas to the United States. Time has been aided
in this changing of attitudes by thoughtful and analytical studies
such as Dr. Ohland Morton has made of General Mier y Tern
and his relationship to Texas from 1823 to 1832. As Dr. Eugene
C. Barker, dean of Texas historians, points out in the introduc-
tion to this book, the colonists in Texas were not the victims of
a planned persecution and tyranny devised and carried out by
the Mexican Government as has been the general impression
nor were the Mexican authorities assigned to administer the af-
fairs of Texas cruel and unconcerned despots. The historical
evidence is that almost every important Mexican official im-
mediately responsible for administration in the department of
Texas was concerned with the problems of the Texans, eager for
their success and prosperity, and understanding in interpreting
laws and regulations. General Mier y Tern was such an official
and Dr. Morton has skillfully depicted him as an intelligent,
diplomatic, honest, unambitious military and civil servant of his
country, mindful of the best interests of the department of Texas.
Jos6 Manuel Rafael Sime6n de Mier y TerAn was born in
Mexico City on February 18, 1789. After graduation from the
College of Mines in 1811, he joined the revolutionary movement
under Ignacio Ray6n, serving the cause of freedom with distinc-
tion. When independence was won, General TerAn first became
acquainted with the problems of Texas as a member of the Com-
mittee on Colonization in the Constituent Congress.
One of the most interesting chapters in this book by Dr.
Morton is entitled "Inspection of Texas, 1828-1829." General
TerAn was appointed as head of a special commission to go to
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