The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 22
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in Santa F6 could never be overcome.78 At the same time Baird's
reports had begun to. arrive, and in one of them he stated that
one of the secrets of opposition on the part of the people in New
Mexico was a fear that grants of land which had been made pre-
viously would become void under Texan jurisdiction.7o In order
to counteract this feeling, the lower house of the legislature, on
December 3, adopted a resolution looking toward the passage of a
law under which the citizens of Santa F6 might be granted land
within the limits of Santa F6 county as it then existed.80 During
this same week, however, news reached Texas concerning the New
Mexican convention which had been called by Colonel Beall. In-
tense excitement was manifested, and an immediate forcible occu-
pation of the region was advocated." But Governor Wood's ad-
ministration was too near its close for any definite steps to be
taken, and his final act in the matter was the submitting of Baird's
correspondence, to the legislature, on December 11.82 Baird, him-
self, had by this time become disheartened because of criticism of
his work by the newspapers, and expressed his determination to
resign as soon as possible.83
In his first message to the legislature, Bell referred to the re-
peated disregard by the federal authorities for the Texan rights
in New Mexico, and agreed with Wood that the question should
be brought to an issue at once. The failure of the legislature to
support Wood's recommendations, however, led him to suggest that
it was not necessary that the whole power and resources of the
state should be placed at the disposal of the governor, but that he
should be authorized "to send to Santa F, if the necessity for
doing so shall continue to exist, a military force sufficient to enable
the civil authorities to execute the laws of the State in that part
of the territory, without reference to any anticipated action of the
Federal Government, or regard to the military power of the United
States stationed at Santa Fe." In his opinion this force should
be used only in case the citizens of Santa F6 continued reluctant
"Ibid., December 29, 1849, quoting from the Bonham Advertiser.
"Baird to Miller, September 23, 1849, in Santa Fd Papers, Texas State
"Austin State Gazette, December 22, 1849.
"Ibid., December 8, 1849.
82Senate Journal, 3rd Legislature, 223.
"Baird to Evans, December 11, 1849, in Marshall Texas Republican,
January 24, 1850.
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