The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 312
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
by the fundamental laws of the Nation, to form a bulwark of in-
tegrity for the territory of the Republic. As such it has been
maintained continuously for more than two centuries by the aid
and efforts of all Mexicans and even at the cost of their blood
during the period of foreign domination.
However, by an unforseen chance, during the glorious period
of organization after independence had been secured, when the
great and highly important national interests demanded a system
of organization and vigorous local development, a baneful spirit
of favoritism, the machinations of intrigue, and the careless neg-
lect of the essential duties of the government of 1824, removed
Texas from the protection of the general government and dragged
it down until it was one of the weakest and most helpless members
of the social pact. From this epoch, dates the misery of the people
of that remote region as well as the troubles in Texas and even the
political anihilation of that region. This fact is evident in the
decline in the power and prestige of the Mexican name and, what
is more important still, of the national honor.
Indeed, the situation is so bad that the authorities must, with
the aid of such states as are really lovers of liberty and of the
glory of the nation, adopt positive, vigorous, and timely measures
to cut this evil at its roots courageously and effectively. This
must be done for the sake of the unfortunate people there, who,
though worthy, are poorly governed. But this must be done, your
Excellency, by applying strong remedies immediately without dis-
cussion because the symptoms of the disease are already so serious
that I can not even propose remedies without fear of making mis-
takes. Such remedies, like palliatives, might hasten the crisis and
bring about the dreaded result. However, if the symptoms are
concealed, the loss of this most precious part of the Republic might
be percipitated by some sudden turn of events.
It can not be hidden from your Excellency's profound and clear-
sighted mind, from the wisdom of the approaching Congress, nor
from the patriotism of the states which are really interested in
the growth of the Federation that the vast region in question was
acquired by conquest at the close of the sixteenth century and held
by the combined efforts of the entire nation. Texas was then
built up and maintained as an independent province in conformity
with the principles of the colonial system existing at that time.
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