The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 246
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tion of a law important to Texans, because they believed that the
national as well as their individual interests required that their
district be made into a state with the least possible delay. The
convention has expressed its opinion on this subject; each citizen
has the right to do the same, without, on that account, having im-
puted to him base intentions of violating the constitution or in-
sulting the government, with the like of which Texas has been
slandered upon this point. According to the constitution the only
authority competent to pass judgment upon the meaning of the
constitution itself or of the special laws is the general congress.
To this authority the Texans submitted the question by sending
up their memorial; to slander them for only having thought in
such a manner concerning a point, which at best is of a nature to
admit of controversy, certainly shows a lack of justice and candor
of which no impartial Mexican can approve.
Let us now direct attention to subsequent events. For this it is
necessary to keep well in mind that at the time of the convention
and for many months afterward the situation of Texas, on ac-
count of the lack of local government, danger from Indians, and
other causes explained above, was so critical that public opinion
among the majority showed itself very decidedly in favor of a
local organization in fact, in case remedies were not provided by
the government before the end of 1833.
The commissioner Austin set out from Texas toward the end of
April of that year. He went by Matamoros and reported the pur-
poses of his mission and the state of affairs in Texas to the gen-
eral commandant of the eastern states, Don Vincente Filisola, who
was in that place. He then embarked at the Brazo de Santiago
for Veracruz and arrived in Mexico, July 18, after having been
delayed by a long voyage and by various accidents.
He was very well received by the vice-president and ministers
then in power. Without delay he presented the memorials of the
convention and set forth the chief purposes of his mission, as well
as others, such as the establishment of a weekly mail between
Monclova and Nacogdoches (it had previously been every fifteen
days), the extension of it to the dividing line of the United States
of America at the Sabine River, and the establishment of another
route between Matamoros and Goliad; certain reforms in the
Texan custom-houses, the payment of presidial companies, and the
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