The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 46
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
elected a member to that convention but owing to indisposition
did not attend. The Government was ably and respectfully me-
morialized and petitioned on the subject and an agent despatched
to Mexico to procure a ratification. He was thrown into a dun-
geon and our memorial treated with contempt. These efforts on
the part of the colonies had caused our own state Congress to
treat us with a little more attention and some laws were passed for
our benefit. Texas heretofore composed but one Department, and
it was now divided into three as follows-the Department of
Bexar, [of] Brazos and [of] Nacogdoches each to be presided by
a Political Chief, and in addition to the Alcaldes we were allowed
primary judges in the several jurisdictions and also a superior
judge possessing appellate jurisdiction. By his Excellency the
then acting Governor of the State I was commissioned the Polit-
ical Chief for the Department of Brazos. This was the highest
trust that could be conferred on an adopted citizen by the Con-
stitution, and one that I had neither sought nor anticipated. I
entered on the duties of that office in the fall of the year  34.
During all this time emmigration continued to flow in i apidly
and the cupidity of land speculators to increase in an equal ratio.
The name of Empresario had long since incorporated itself with
that of swindler, and every thing connected with the settlement of
the country seemed to be objects of barter and sale and speculation.
I had allways been viewed by the speculating mania as their evil
genius, and as being ever in opposition to their swindling inter-
ests. They were now strong, united, unprincipled and managing,
ruled elections and had all appointments made to suit, and be sub-
servient to their own purposes. The office I then occupied was a
kind of intermediate one, everything to and from the Government
had to pass through my hands and in a great measure subject to
my controll, hence it was necessary that they should use their com-
bined efforts to remove me and have my place filled with a ma-
terial which would yield more readily to their purposes as they
had then in contemplation large and important speculations. Coa-
huila had now become divided herself, the cities of Saltilo and
Monclova were contending for power and each had their own Gov-
ernor, and all was confusion. It will be recollected that Santa
Ana by this time had succeed[ed] and put down and banished
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