The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 239
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Explanation by Stephen F. Austin.
of believing that the motive of this memorial, besides its evident
right, is to avoid the most extremely irreparable consequences,
which, perhaps, are already showing themselves and will be very
difficult to remedy in the deplorable event of not heeding its de-
mands. Heaven endow your Honor with foresight and due jus-
tice to examine impartially this interesting subject !"
The memorial of the villa of Bahia del Espiritu Santo (now
called Goliad), also an old Mexican settlement, is even more ener-
getic than that of B6jar. All the ayuntamientos of Texas drew
up similar memorials.
What has been set forth on this point is sufficient to show to the
public that the evils from which Texas was suffering at that time
were of the greatest gravity, and that all the discontent there re-
sulted from the absolute lack of adequate local government and
from no other cause.
In the summer of the year of 1832 the principles of the plan
of Vera Cruz obtained a foothold in Texas. In June a portion
of the people pronounced in its favor, and in July and August all
Texas. The military detachments also adhered to the aforesaid
plan, and set out by sea and land to join the liberal forces at that
time. During these events there were some collisions between the
military and the inhabitants, as was the case in all part of the
republic and as very naturally would happen in time of a national
revolution. Persons who. either did not understand these events
or desired to misinterpret them limited themselves solely to ap-
pearances and to the material fact of the collisions, without analyz-
ing the causes or the principles that influenced the inhabitants
who were calumniously charged, because of false impressions, with
the design of separating themselves from the Mexican republic.
The memorials to the state legislature in December did not
have the desired results. Things were going from bad to worse.
Savage Indians were menacing the whole frontier. A general con-
flagration was compassing the entire republic, and the Texans
could see nothing except a direful future. If those people under
circumstances so critical and alarming had in fact declared their
separation from Coahuila seeking relief and order in their own
resources, taking the place wished for in the Mexican federation,
it is probable at least that impartial men would have given their
approbation on principles of necessity and self-preservation. They
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