The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 88
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
in a pamphlet printed by T. J. Chambers in 1837, but
in all the discussions aroused by the act of March 14, 1835,
this explanation is absent. Austin, indeed, writing to D. C. Bar-
rett, December 3, 1835,1 declared the acts of 1834 and 1835 all of
a piece with general Mexican policy, both National and State. The
ME xicans, he said, considered the lands valueless-this was evi-
denced by the whole history of the colonization period,-the treas-
ury was empty, and the sale of the land promised the only relief.
He blamed neither the legislators nor the speculators for the sale
itself, but the sale certainly did illustrate the defectiveness of the
government from the Texan point of view.
The earliest expression of disgust with the wasteful policy of the
government is found in The Texas Republican of May 9, 1835.
An address from Governor Viesca, calling upon the people of Texas
to rally to his assistance against Santa Anna, was printed in this
issue, and the editor introduces it with the remark that he prints
it as a news item solely, and not with the view of endorsing the
governor's call for troops "to sustain him and a vile congress that
have bartered our public lands for a mere song." In the same
paper is also the answer of the political chief of the Brazos Depart-
ment to the governor's appeal. He says: "The people view with
equal horror and indignation the acts of the present State Congress
who have manifested a determined disposition to alienate all the
most valuable lands of Texas at a shameful sacrifice, and thereby
utterly ruin her -future prospects. The law of the 14th of March
past is looked upon as the death-blow to this rising country. In
violation of the General Constitution and laws of the Nation-in
violation of good faith and the most sacred guarantees-Congress
has trampled upon the rights of the people and the Government,
in selling FOUR HUNDRED LEAGUES of land at private sale,
at a price far below its value; thereby creating a monopoly contrary
to law and the true interests of the country."2 Accompanying the
governor's proclamation was a rather alarmist postscript signed
by Coahuiltexanus, and Henry Austin, in referring to it, suggested
that "this firebrand has been thrown among us to promote the
views of designing speculators."
'Archives of Texas, Records, Vol. 1, pp. 54-58, in the State Department.
2One hundred 'and twenty-four leagues of this amount was sold to Wil-
liams and Durst. Who bought the rest is unknown. 'See page 82 above.
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