The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 236
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themselves along the road or near it, and thus without cost to the
government would subdue the savage Indians who now are deso-
lating the frontiers of Chihuahua; it would form a new and very
strong chain to draw closer the union of Texas with the interior
states of the republic, identifying their interests by means of a com-
mercial intercourse, intimate, direct, and of mutual advantage;
finally it would change the isolated and solitary position that Texas
now occupies, bringing it into contact, through facility of trans-
portation, with the most remote states of the interior. To establish
these roads has been one of the favorite projects of the citizen
Austin, who has labored with enthusiasm for the advancement of
this, his adopted country; but it is a great enterprise and beyond the
common routine of slow progress, and consequently it needs the sup-
port of the general and state governments, and their favor in the
concession of certain privileges and special advantages.
The federal system has as its foundation the general and indi-
vidual happiness; and the distinct parts of a society thus constituted
are cemented, to form the national unity, by private interest and
advantage working in harmony with the common welfare. Apply-
ing these principles to Texas, it is evident that instead of there being
any antagonism between its own welfare as a state of the Mexican
federation, and the common interests of the national unity, the
pecuniary as well as all other interests of Texas bind more closely
its union to the Mexican republic and must be better promoted
with Texas as a part of Mexico than as a part of any other nation
Without further extending this general view, and in order not to
weary the reader, these premises are sufficient in reason and sound
politics to answer the important question, What are the interests of
The Texans are persuaded that these interests demand for them a
local government as a state of the Mexican federation, and that, as
such, the very nature of things will strengthen more and more the
union of the state with the republic. It would not be strange if the
landowners' should desire the separation of Texas from Mexico to
prevent competition in agricultural articles; but it would be so if
1That is, the landowners of southern Mexico.
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