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Chapter IV---The Law of April 6, 1830
I. BACKGROUND AND ORIGIN
Stephen F. Austin furnished manuscript copies of his map of
Texas to various Mexican officials, ranging from the political
chief at B6xar to the president at Mexico City.' Mier y Terin
received a copy, at Tampico, on the day the Spaniards capitu-
lated. "My duties that day," he wrote to Austin, "were quite
different from the ones you saw me discharging in connection
with my peaceful trip to Texas."2 He informed Austin, in this
same letter, that in all probability he would soon return to
Texas, as his health was failing in the fever-ridden region of
Tampico. At that time he expected early relief from his duties
in Tamaulipas and even feared for his life if it did not come
soon, but he was to remain in the vicinity until early in Jan-
The dictatorial powers which congress granted to President
Guerrero during the period of the Spanish invasion aroused
unfavorable comment in Texas. An editorial in The Texas
Gazette states that the people of Texas disapproved of these
extraordinary powers because they were unconstitutional and
"an usurpation of power in Congress to give him or any other
man such facilities."3 The Anglo-Americans in Texas con-
sidered the observance of constitutional provisions imperative.
Among the few people in Mexico who feared that the United
States was getting a hold on Texas through Mexico's liberal
'E. C. Barker, The Life of Stephen F. Austin, 284, n. 29.
2Mier y Teran to Austin, Tampico (pO viejo), September 28, 1829, in
E. C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers, II, 260-261.
'The Texas Gazette, October 30, 1830.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146055/. Accessed July 23, 2014.