The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 252
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
public to pass judgment upon them. It is evident that the in-
habitants of Texas have not deviated in the slightest from their
duties as Mexican citizens. On the contrary, though desiring the
reforms necessary for their individual welfare and happiness, they
have not lost sight of the general prosperity and well-being of the
nation to which they belong.
In regard to Austin, public opinion will pass judgment upon
his conduct, in so far as it may be conceded that a tribunal, as
inexorable as it is honorable, should occupy itself with an indi-
vidual. Brought to Texas by an enterprising spirit, Austin left
his native country, the United States of America, where he was
and is yet respected. He became naturalized here. He has
labored, to the best of his ability, to plant new colonies and to
serve humanity1 and his adopted country. He has offered services
that have deserved the thanks of the general government
and of the state of Coahuila and Texas, especially at the
time of the administration of the worthy general, Vic-
toria. The agent of an honorable people, determined, and of
a character resolute in upholding their rights, or what they be-
lieve to be such, he had to work constantly and courageously, as
the commissioner of such constituents, at the affairs that were
entrusted to him in accordance with his instructions. He did so,
and if in this he committed an imprudence, he believes that it is
much less serious than to have erred in the direction of weakness
The principles of local reforms that have animated the Texans
were and are certainly sound; nevertheless, the excitement among
them, on account of the imprisonment of their commissioner,
might have produced mischievous results. He attempting to pre-
vent this as opportunely as possible and before being confined
incommunicado in his dungeon-shame to the republic-wrote to
his constituents charging them, and begging his personal friends,
to act with moderation, and censuring in very strong terms any
sort of excitement, giving them to understand also that his return
to Mexico was necessary in order to vindicate his honbr and good
name, and that they should have no fear of the result. And what
is more, in his letters he even exonerated the government from blame
'Literally, to serve philanthropy, servir 4 la filantropia.
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