The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 242
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about the needs of Texas being understood by the legislatures and
governments of the state with that definiteness so indispensable
for proper and adequate legislation, and especially by a legislative
body three-fourths of whose members are from Coahuila.
This has not been a matter of private quarrels and hatred be-
tween Texas and Coahuila-nothing of the kind; it is a question of
sound policy, of reason, of impartial justice, and of public and
private convenience. The following recapitulation presents in
summary the principal basis upon which the convention rested its
1st. The provisional union of Texas and Coahuila and the
right that was guaranteed to the first by the law of May 7, 1824,
to dissolve this provisional union when it should have the requisite
elements to figure as a state by itself.
2nd. Texas possesses elements sufficient for this, its inhabi-
tants desire it, and its situation, isolated and removed from
the inhabited portion of Coahuila, requires it; because it is sepa-
rated by an unpopulated district of one hundred leagues, to cross
which is always dangerous, on account of savage Indians, and at
times impossible because of swollen rivers and creeks.
3rd. Texas has a natural right to organize itself as a state
and to take this rank at the side of the other states, because it
was at the time of independence a distinct province which effect-
ively contributed with its blood and its resources to the common
cause of the country; and because it has at all times upheld the
national rights in that remote portion of the Mexican territory
which it has conquered from savage Indians, causing by its own
efforts the unpopulated wastes to disappear, and which it has de-
fended against all kinds of enemies. This natural right was rec-
ognized, and it was in no manner abrogated or weakened by the
union of Texas and Coahuila; for the aforesaid law of May 7,
1824, gives to this union a provisional character, leaving to the
Texans the decision as to when it should cease. These are the
terms of the law: "Coahuila and Texas shall form a state, but
as soon as the latter shall be in a position to figure as a state by
1In the translation of this summary it has been thought best to preserve
the form of the original, which for some of its heads has complete proposi-
tions and for others abbreviated expressions or phrases.
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