The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 254
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
this happy outcome had been published, contradicted and took
back all the ideas expressed in the first letter, as the reading of
that communication, a copy of which is given here as No. IV1,
If Austin had not been thoroughly possessed with enthusiasm
for the prosperity of this country of his, instead of having under-
taken the toilsome and costly journey from Texas to Mexico, all
at his own expense, instead of laboring with ceaseless zeal and
earnestness for the happiness of Texas, separated from his family
and suffering the inconveniences and annoyances that these efforts
involved, especially those at the court, he would have remained at
home, letting things go from bad to worse, as they would have
done in the natural course of events, without running the risk of
becoming involved in the political labyrinth.
The man of honor who works with a clear conscience convinced
of the uprightness of his intentions rests in his good faith and
scorns the interpretations of malice or suspicion. For he will
always find a guarantee in the laws or in the opinion of men of
impartial judgment who examine things to the bottom, and not
superficially or according to their appearances. Such is the guar-
antee in whicl the slandered people of Texas and their commis-
sioner trust for a just judgment that shall decide whether either
the one or the other has merited the accusations and calumnies
with which they have been reproached.
For greater clearness in these matters-this has been the cause
of some diffuseness in this explanation, which the reader will please
pardon-it is necesary to observe that, in the end, public order
in Texas was not and is not being upset; that the legislature of
Coahuila and Texas of 1834, adopting the suggestions of the su-
preme general government of 1833 made at Austin's instigation,
and heeding the just claims of the Texans, has improved the laws
and the local administration of that country. With these reforms
even the efforts toward separation from Coahuila have entirely
ceased, and the inhabitants of Texas are quiet, devoting them-
selves to the cultivation of their lands, to the development of their
country and their individual progress, through the exportation of
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