The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 10
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lishing the Texan claims. Then in reply to a suggestion from
Baird that he would publish a proclamation announcing the pur-
pose of his mission, Washington stated that the press of Santa Fe
"belongs to the General Government and must of course be under
its control."2 Baird now felt that further progress was blocked,
and reported to the officials in Texas that he could do nothing
until the question of jurisdiction could be settled in Congress,
unless he received further instructions from the governor, or Wash-
ington received new orders from the President.26 Consequently
he turned his attention to the natural resources of the region, and
in company with seven other Texans and Americans, applied to
the governor of Texas for authority to operate certain valuable
saline deposits lying in the territory between the Rio Grande and
the Pecos, below Santa Fe.27 To Governor Wood he explained
that this was for the purpose of recovering the financial loss he
had suffered in going to Santa Fe. At the same time he submitted
a report upon the conditions in the region, together with a sug-
gestion for opening a direct route from San Antonio to Santa FP
in order to facilitate communications between the two portions of
He then began to make plans to leave Santa F6 early in the
spring of 1849,20 but in March the preparation by some of the
army officers stationed in New Mexico, of newspaper articles which
he considered to be derogatory to the claims of Texas, led him to
reopen a correspondence with Colonel Washington. He warned
Washington that if these were published, he would hesitate no
longer to assert the Texan claims, and would inform the people
of New Mexico as to the correct situation.30 His subsequent re-
ports indicate that the information which he planned to divulge
to the people was the fact that they were being received concern-
ing the real aims of the Texans, simply because the men who had
"grown into officials in the breath of a moment" as a result of the
establishment of the Kearny government were reluctant to give
up the influence of the patronage which they now possessed.8 In
"LWashington to Baird, November 23, 1848, in Ibid.
2"Baird to Miller, December 10, 1848, in Ibid.
27McNees, Baird, and others to Miller, December 7, 1848, in Ibid.
SBaird to Wood, December 18, 1848, in Ibid.
20Boyers to Miller, February 6, 1849, in Ibid.
30Baird to Washington, March 21, 1849, in Ibid.
31Baird to Miller, September 23, and October 20, 1849, in Ibid.
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