The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 255
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Explanation by Stephen F. Austin.
agricultural products, and to the pleasures of domestic life, un-
mindful of insurrections, political upheavals, or revolutions.
Mexico, January 18, 1835.
Extract from the instructions of the convention of Texas to the
"It may perhaps happen that the general congress would prefer
a territorial government, believing it to be more adaptable to the
circumstances of Texas. Upon this point the convention desires
that you understand explicitly that a territorial government is not
the object of our petition, that the country will not be satisfied
with it, and in the change to it no more will be accomplished than
passing from one evil to another, leaving future experience and
future sufferings on the part of Texas to prove which of the two
evils is the more fatal to its prosperity. You ought, therefore, to re-
sist, respectfully but firmly, anything that tends to impose upon
us a form of territorial government."
Taken from the original. Mexico, January 18, 1835.
Chief office of the Secretary of State,
Department of the Interior.
The petition that the colonists of Texas addressed to the
general congress for the formation of that portion of the Mexican
territory into a state absolutely independent of that of Coahuila
was referred to the Chamber of Deputies on August 21, last, atten-
tion being called to the importance of the matter and the desira-
bility of prompt consideration thereof. Thus you have been in-
formed in this office, and you have been advised of the measures
that the government has taken in regard to that colony. One,
among others, has been to urge the government of the state to
secure for the colonists all the privileges of which they are worthy
as Mexican citizens, in civil as well as as in criminal affairs. To
this end were indicated the measures that ought to be put into
execution for the most undeviating and suitable administration of
justice in each branch. One method was the establishment of
juries, wholly in conformity with the petition of the colonists
themselves, without the government's being able to do anything
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