The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 35
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Question of Texan Jurisdiction in Now Mexico, 1848-50 35
in New Mexico until he was otherwise instructed from Washing-
ton."' I Not much excitement seems to have been aroused over
these three conflicting efforts,132 and Munroe's disposition of his
troops effectively prevented either of the two elections from being
held.183 Thus with the military government once more firmly in
control of affairs in New Mexico, there was nothing to be done in
that region but to await the decision of Congress upon the ques-
tion of organization and of territorial jurisdiction. Baird moved
on to El Paso, therefore, and announced his intention of holding
court in that place on the first Monday in October.134
In Texas, however, during this same period, developments of a
different nature were in progress. The legislature met on August
12, in accordance with the call of the governor, and on the fol-
lowing day he submitted his message. In it he reviewed the most
prominent facts and circumstances connected with the Texan rela-
tions with Santa F-, and described the development of opposition,
both local and national, stating at the same time his belief that
the state had no choice but to meet the situation. He said:
It must be met boldly and fearlessly and determinedly. Not by
further supplication or discussion with the Federal authorities.
Not by renewed appeals to their generosity and sympathy. Not
by a longer reliance on the delusive hope that justice will yet be
extended to us; but by action, manly and determined action on
our part, by a prompt assertion of our rights, and a practical main-
tainance of them with all the means we can command 'at all haz-
ards and to the last extremity.'
He repeated, therefore, his request of the previous December that
he be authorized to raise a force sufficient to occupy Santa F-, and
made suggestions as to the methods of securing the necessary funds
for financing such a move.185 As a preparatory measure, Bell
made plans to issue commissions for the raising of such a force,
in order that it might be ready in case the legislature granted the
"'Calhoun to Brown, July 31, 1850, in Ibid., 232.
" 8Calhoun to Brown, August 13, 1850, in Ibid., 252-253.
2 .La Grange Texas Monument, September 25, 1850.
"'Bell's message to the legislature, August 13, 1850, in Senate Journal,
3rd Legislature, 2nd sess., 1 ff. In commenting upon this message the
La Grange Texas Monument, August 21, 1850, states that at least two
regiments should be raised.
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