The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 90
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90 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
were inclined to suspect that those who did not were implicated in
the speculation. Against this disposition R. M. Williamson pleads
earnestly in an address issued the 4th of July. He says, I have
been your fellow-citizen for years, and you can not believe that I
am influenced by speculation. On the honor of a man I assure you
that I have all to lose and nothing to gain by the disturbances of
our country; and I am in no way connected with the speculation
or the speculators. . . . You are in the midst of a revolution
that threatens your destruction. . . . You are lulled to sleep
in the belief that speculation alone has created the present excite-
ment. But . . . examine for yourselves the late movements
of the general government, . . . and you will perceive that so
far from speculation having anything to do with the present sub-
ject,, that the troops of the general government are on their march
to Texas, for the purpose of compelling you either to leave the
country or submit to an imperial government with strong military
stations in your country to awe and keep you in subjection.
The sale of the four hundred leagues of land has nothing
to do with the subject. You are justly indignant at that sale
. . . but that can and ought to have no weight with the public
mind at this time. . . . General Cos writes to the command-
ant at Anahuac that the two companies of New Leon and the
Morales [Morelos] Battalion would sail immediately for Texas and
that they would be followed by another strong force. . . . Colonel
Ugartechea says that the business of Texas will be soon regulated,
as the government has ordered a large division . . . to Texas
which are now at Saltillo; that force is three thousand four hun-
For what, Fellow-Citizens, are they coming? In the name of
God say not speculation; they are coming to compell you into
obedience to the new form of Government; to compell you to give
up your arms; to compell you to have your country garrisoned;
to compell you to liberate your slaves; to compell you to swear to
support and sustain the government of the Dictator; to compell
you to submit to the imperial rule of the aristocracy, to pay tithes
and adoration to the clergy."'
The other side is illustrated by a letter from T. J. Chambers of
'Circular, printed by T. C. Gray.
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