The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 11
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Question of Texan Jurisdiclion in New Mexico, 1848-50 11
order to prevent this, Washington attempted to persuade Baird
that the articles in question could not be considered as having
any effect upon the Texan claims, and expressed a wish that the
matter should rest until they could act jointly, "when the thing
can be arranged without difficulty."32 Baird proceeded, however,
to print proclamations claiming exclusive jurisdiction for Texas,"
but in the end allowed himself to be persuaded by the military
governor to suspend their circulation until Congress could be heard
from.34 The absence of new instructions from his own govern-
ment was also a factor in bringing about his decision to wait. His
activities at this time, however, did have the effect of causing the
suppression by Washington of the articles in question.32
The receipt of this information in Texas led Governor Wood
to appeal once more to the chief executive of the nation. He re-
viewed the situation once more, complaining at the failure of Polk
to answer his earlier letters urging President Taylor to offer to
Baird such assistance as might seem consistent with the obliga-
tions of the federal government and the rights of Texas; and con-
cluding with a request for an early reply in order that the views
of the general government might be submitted to. the Texas legis-
lature in the following November.16
During the first week in April, Baird received indirect informa-
tion which led him to believe that Congress had agreed to, Texan
jurisdiction over New Mexico, and immediately notified Washing-
ton that all judicial proceedings under the military authorities
would be void if continued under these circumstances.37 He was
once more prepared to proceed to accomplish the organization of
the region, but once more Washington was equal to the occasion,
and succeeded in persuading him to postpone action until the
arrival of official information.38 This left the advantage on the
side of the military authorities when authentic reports disclosed
the fact that Congress had failed to reach a decision, and once
"Washington to Baird, March 21, 1849, in Ibid.
"8Baird to Miller, November 6, 1849, in Ibid.
"4Baird to Wood, March 30, 1849, in Ibid. Also Nacogdoches Times,
June 23, 1849.
"3Baird to Miller, November 6, 1849, in Ibid.
"Wood to Taylor, June 30, 1849, in Austin State Gazette, November
"Baird to Washington, April 5, 1849, in Santa Fe Papers, Texas State
"8Washington to Baird, April 5, 1849, in Ibid.
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