The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 81
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Tadeo Ortiz and the Colonization of Texas, 1822-1883 81
Another reason why you should, without hesitation, approve the
opinion of the committee is the certainty we have that in the in-
crease of its population the Mexican Empire will not be able to
keep up with the rapid march of the United States, where persons
of all nations and sects enter on account of religious tolerance
which is a fundamental principle; and, even if the immigration
into Mexico should equal that of the above mentioned country, it
would never do for the province of Texas to be colonized by people
of another class than the ones proposed or others similar to them.
The Irish seek here an asylum. The population of Ireland is
excessive, and besides, in their own country, they are compelled
to pay unjust tithes to the Anglican Church, although they are com-
municants [of the Catholic Church]. The people from the Ca-
naries also seek an asylum, because in some of these islands, they
lack water, and because they want to escape from an oppressive
dominion by removing to a more favorable country. By virtue of
all that has been explained the committee presents to you the fol-
1. To the petitioners Diego Barry, Philip O'Reilly, and Tadeo
Ortiz there shall be conceded in fee simple 2,000 leagues of land
in the province of Texas.
2. The designation of this land shall be left to the government.
However, it must be unappropriated or free from property rights
and possession by any person, family or community.
3. By this cession the petitioners shall obligate themselves to
bring 15,000 persons of both sexes, Irish and Canary Islanders and
Catholics, who are free and capable on account of their age of
becoming the heads of families.
4. The introduction of these persons into the province of Texas
shall be accomplished before the expiration of two years, counting
from the day on which this contract is formed.
5. The implements as well as machinery, ships and boats of all
kinds, which these colonists bring with them, and their household
equipment shall not be subject to excise nor to any other tax when
6. The new colonists shall be exempt from the payment of
tithes for a space of ten years, and this period having terminated,.
they shall be subject to the laws and other customs of their re-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929, periodical, 1929; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101089/m1/85/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.