The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 30
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tration's attitude on the question. The policy had developed from
the instructions under Polk, that neutrality was to be broken only
in case of need from Texas, through the early policy of the Taylor
administration, of non-interference with the Texan efforts; and
now non-interference was made to apply the other way. Texas
should not attempt to interfere with the possession of the terri-
tory by the United States.
The question which caused the greatest excitement, however,
came from the governor of Texas. As soon as Munroe issued his
proclamation calling a constitutional convention, Neighbors with-
drew from Santa FA, and immediately upon his arrival at the
Texas capital he submitted to Governor Bell a detailed report upon
hic mission."ll When the contents of this report became public,
the anger of the Texans was at once aroused. It was held that
the action of Munroe was an insult of the grossest character, and
committed upon the rights and dignity of the people of Texas "an
outrage beyond which it was not possible to go." They felt that
the matter had now been brought to a definite issue, and sugges-
tions were made that the claim should be enforced by military
power,"4 while it was also claimed that when Texas was admitted
into the Union as a state, her people believed that the limits as
defined by the government of the republic would be respected. If
they had been in error when they voted for annexation, it was but
just, according to their belief, that the whole question should be
reconsidered, and in that case they were represented as being as
willing to leave the Union as they had been to join it. A mass
meeting which was held at Austin on June 8 gave voice to these
sentiments,"5 and during the months of June, July, and August,
similar meetings were held throughout the state, all of them ex-
pressing the same sentiments. '
Governor Bell at once took steps to meet the situation. On
June 12, he wrote to Baird, who had returned to Santa F4, urg-
ing him to leave that place immediately, and proceed to El Paso
'13Neighbors to Bell, June 4, 1850, Senate Journal, 3rd Legislature,
2nd sess., appendix, 7-10.
"Austin State Gazette, June 8, and 15, 1850.
"'Ibid., June 15, 1850; also Niles' Register, LXXV, 156-157.
T"Ibid., passim. On August 14, the La Grange Texas Monument states:
"There has been but one solitary meeting in the State, we believe, which
has passed a resolution declaring the opinion that the time has not ar-
rived for action."
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