The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 90
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Texas. While the revolt did show that the people of New Mexico
were dissatisfied with the particular brand of Mexican rule to
which they were subject in 1837, there is little evidence that
they planned to declare their independence, or to turn to Texas.15
But all sorts of rumors were abroad. Josiah Gregg, a Santa F6
trader of long experience who was there during the struggle, re-
ported that the rebels planned to send to Texas for assistance,"
and it has since been intimated that Texan influences were re-
sponsible for the beginning of the revolt.1~ That this point of
view is untenable is seen from a statement made at the time by
Richard A. Irion, the secretary of state of Texas, that the New
Mexicans, apparently unaware of the fact that they were included
within the limits of Texas, had appointed commissioners to apply
to the United States for admission.'8 This erroneous supposition
of Irion's was shared by the Mexican authorities, who professed
to see in the revolt another plot of the United States to relieve
Mexico of her territory. As a matter of fact no outside influ-
ences had any effect upon the New Mexican situation, and the
revolt was ended in January, 1838, when Manuel Armijo suc-
ceeded in getting control over his fellow conspirators, and was
rewarded by the Mexican government with the appointment as
governor. Up to this time there was no indication of a desire
on the part of the New Mexicans to turn to foreigners for assist-
ance, but when Armijo assumed the authority of a dictator their
dissatisfaction began, and during the next three years new pos-
Armijo seemed continually in fear that some new movement
might deprive him of his position, and consequently kept agents
on the alert for signs of opposition. That their reports convinced
him of hostility to his rule in New Mexico, is evident from the
communications which he sent to the central authorities at Mexico
City. He realized the necessity of representing this as opposi-
tion not merely to himself but to Mexican rule, and as a means
The best accounts of this revolt are Twitchell, Leading Facts of New
Mewican History, II, 53-67, and Bloom, "New Mexico Under Mexican Ad-
ministration," in Old Santa F6, II, 19-36, 129-142.
8"Gregg, Commerce of the Prairies, I, 135.
"Bancroft, History of Arizona and New Mexico, 317.
'"Irion to Henderson, January 5, 1838, in Garrison (ed.), Diplomatic
Correspondence of the Republio of Tewas, III, 838.
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