The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 251
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Explanation by Stephen .F. Austin.
port from Mexico to Monclova, the capital of his state, in order
to urge before the legislature, which would open its sessions in
January, the much desired reforms in the administration of jus-
tice, and other measures of local interest to Texas. Before leav-
ing Mexico Austin received from the Minister of Relations, for
the satisfaction of his constituents, the letter copied as No. II and
placed at the end of this explanation.
Austin arrived at Saltillo, January 3, 1834, and was presented
to the general commandant who showed him an order from the
most excellent vice-president for his arrest and conveyance to
Mexico as a prisoner to answer charges that the government had
to make against him, without saying what they were. This order
grew out of the discovery of his letter of October 2, which came to
the knowledge of the government after his departure from this
capital. Upon arriving as a prisoner in Mexico he was placed in
the ex-prison of the inquisition, incomunicado. An indictment
was based upon this letter which has led to so many recriminations
that to hear them burst forth, although only through ignorance or
bad faith, one would believe that it was the terrible box of Pan-
dora. But the impartial man will judge this letter in view of
what has been said concerning it in this explanation, and, for this
purpose, an exact copy of it is appended as No. III.2 The crim-
inal case against Austin has continued almost a year, only a little
less than the time his imprisonment lasted; for he obtained his
liberty on the 25th of last month. His excellency, the president
general, concerned for his3 vindication, has continually used his
high and honorable influence to cut short that useless trial, in so
far as the independence of the judiciary has permitted it, after
having had the goodness, as soon as he assumed the supreme gov-
ernment, to relieve Austin from his status as incomunicado and to
ameliorate his confinement. The consideration of his excellency
for Austin honors the latter more than any accusations or calum-
nies whatever that may appear can injure him.
This sketch of the chief facts relative to Texas and of the prin-
ciples that .have been at work in these events is sufficient for the
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