The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 21
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Question of Texcan Jurisdiction in New Mexico, 1848-50 21
means to raise the proper issue and contest it, "not by demon-
strating in argument the justice of our claims, nor by reference
to our statutes, but with the whole power and resources of the
State."72 In addition to this, he suggested that a commissioner
be sent to Washington as soon as some plan should be adopted,
in order to show the federal government that Texas was in earnest.
This portion of the message was submitted by the lower house
of the legislature to its committee on federal relations, and this
group, on November 13, reported a resolution giving the governor
the power and means to send a special commissioner to Washing-
ton, to "ascertain the exact views of the Federal Government, in
relation to the county of Santa Fe, in time to lay the same before
the Legislature during their present session." Further action upon
the subject was to be suspended until this report could be re-
ceived.73 Before action could be taken upon this resolution, the
senate, on November 14, began the consideration of a resolution
providing for a special joint committee of the two houses to pre-
pare a protest against the further continuance of the military
government at Santa Fe, to be laid before Congress.74 This reso-
lution was adopted, and was agreed to by the lower house on
November 23.7" Wood's plans for action were thus checkmated,
in spite of the fact that newspaper comment upon his attitude was
favorable at this time. Hopes were expressed that the legislature
would comply with his recommendation,' while one editor went
so far as to say that the "banner of the Lone Star shall be again
unfurled; not for offence, but for defence, and those who were
foremost to cry aloud for annexation, will be foremost to sever
the country from a Union that embraces but to crush and de-
Just at this juncture a letter from Major P. J. Pillans, whom
Baird had left in charge of his affairs in Santa F6, was made
public in Texas. In it Pillans stated that the opposition to Texas
"Austin State Gazette, November 10, 1849.
"Ibid., November 17, 1849. No bound voume of the House Journals
for the third legislature is available, but the Gazette printed the jour-
nals of both houses, in full.
'4lbid., November 24, 1849; also Senate Journal, 3rd Legislature, 117.
7"Ibid., December 1, 1849.
'"See Houston Telegraph and Texas Register, Austin State Gazette,
Nacogdoches Times, and Marshall Texas Republican, for this period.
77Austin State Gazette, December 1, 1849.
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