The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 238
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
was never adequate, and, as the country became settled, grew to be
unbearable. In all Texas there was not one justice of the peace,
and the alcaldes, in all important civil and criminal affairs, had to
consult with the assessor of the capital of the state, two hundred
and fifty or three hundred leagues distant.
In the year 1832 the evils which grew out of this situation be-
came so extreme that the ayuntamientos earnestly petitioned the
legislature of the state, begging for adequate reforms in all
branches of public administration. The ayuntamiento of B6jar,
on the 19th of December, 1832, gave a long enumeration of these
evils It should be observed that this town is the old capital of
Texas, that its population is composed entirely of native Mexi-
cans, and that its memorial was adopted by the people in mass
meeting. Speaking of the administration of justice, this memo-
rial says: "In the judicial department there has never been the
proper organization, and it may be said with well founded reason
that in this branch there is not, nor has there been, any govern-
ment in Texas."
The same memorial, referring to the anti-constitutional and in-
adequate laws that were passed by the state legislature when the
capital was in Saltillo, says: "The people of Texas could have de-
clared themselves in a state of nature and proceeded at once to the
organization of a government of their own adequate to their needs
and local conditions, and their not having done so, though possess-
ing the right, is and ought to be a satisfactory and conclusive reply
to the accusations and calumnies with which certain enemies of
Texas have attempted to deceive the Mexican people, scattering
vague and false rumors against the colonists and other inhabitants
of this country."
This memorial concludes its argumentative part in these terms:
"The grievous situation of this valuable portion of the republic,
and the only hopes of remedy that remain are finally demon-
strated. Your Honor, persuaded of the importance of this peti-
tion and of the necessity for it, will surely appreciate the sincere
and frank language with which this body has explained itself in
the name of the sentiments that animate this vicinity, which,
openly and without thinking even remotely that under any aspect
there is a question of disavowing the dear and priceless name of
Mexican which it possesses, begs your Honor will do it the justice
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