The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 146
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
einment and became Mexican citizens; and (2) that in the spring
of 1835 the Texans were sharply divided on the question of their
future relations with Mexico. A small, but very active, party
wanted to establish the independence of Texas; while the great
majority of the people desired to continue the existing relations,
but had not yet made up their minds what to do in case of a radi-
cal alteration of the republican constitution of the country, which
Santa Anna showed some signs of tampering with. A few had
reached the conviction that until it became clearly evident that the
proposed changes would work a real hardship upon them it was
their duty to submit. Miller and his fellow-townsmen of Gonzales
were of this opinion, and so, it might be remarked in passing, was
the staunch patriot, David G. Burnet.' In March and April some
of the men who favored secession from Mexico became involved in
what their contemporaries regarded as a questionable land deal
with the legislature of C'oahuila and Texas; and when the general
Congress quashed the sale, and Santa Anna dispersed the legisla-
ture, they sought to alarm the colonists by declaring that those acts
were only the beginning of a comprehensive policy of oppression.
It is possible that they sincerely believed this; for, having been re-
cently in the interior, they were better informed of the threatening
political outlook than those who remained at home. Many colo-
nists, however, believed that private motives prompted their warn-
ings and gave them little attention. Toward the end of June
some military correspondence was intercepted at San Felipe which
seemed to disclose a plan on the part of the government to throw
an overwhelming army into Texas, and this, seeming to confirm the
dire prophecies of the war party, produced a momentary flurry of
general excitement during which William B. Travis, with a small
company, attacked and captured a Mexican garrison at Anahuac,
commanded by Captain Tenorio. But shortly afterwards the gov-
ernment explained that the object of sending troops to Texas was
to establish the custom houses and protect the country from the
Indians, and this assurance enabled the conservatives to regain the
ascendancy, so that by the middle of July they were making vigor-
ous efforts to prove the loyalty of Texas to the government. Public
'See the Texas Republican, September 19, 1835.
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