The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 107
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New Mexico and the Texan Santa F6 Expedition 107
reduced to a questionable statement from a Texan agent, and an
equally questionable statement from a New Mexican official, both
of whom were actually in a position to ascertain the truth, and
both of whom say that a large part of the population of New
Mexico was in favor of a union with Texas. But attention should
be called here to the fact that those portions of Dryden's story
which are obviously open to question are his explanation of his
visit to Texas, and his statement of the governor's attitude; and
of Armijo's account, while there may be reason for doubting his
reports before March, 1840, those made after that date bear the
signs of good faith. In other words, the real reason for raising
a question as to the veracity of the main points of both accounts
lies not in the existence of evidence to the contrary, but in the
fact that non-germane statements are doubtful. On the other
hand there is apparently no conclusive evidence to the effect that
the people expressed in any way their opposition to the Texans.
One searches in vain for accounts of meetings, or for petitions
from the Mexican inhabitants to the government for protection
as the expedition approached, but the only demonstration on rec-
ord is the one led by the governor's nephew against the American
consulate. From this it might be concluded that their passive
nature caused them to adopt an attitude of indifference, were it
not for the fact that all available information indicates that they
did have a point of view. It seems, therefore, that unless definite
evidence to the contrary is brought to light, the conclusion which
must stand is the one that in 1840-1841 a large part-just how
large it is not possible to say-of the people of New Mexico were
regarding with favor the possibility of commercial and political
relations with Texas.
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