The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 84
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well as the necessary settlements in the ports of Sabinas, Gal-
veston, Bahia de San Bernardo, and the other points which, be-
cause of their maritime positions and other circumstances, demand
development as well as fortification. Thus they will, in time, be-
come the mart of the commerce of the northern section of the
Republic and the bulwark for its defense.
On the other hand, I am convinced that the moment for carry-
ing out this useful undertaking at all hazards will have arrived
when the government is adequately authorized by the respective
states freely and independently to carry forward the following
measures which affect the interests of the entire federation, viz:
settling and fortifying the frontiers, distributing unappropriated
lands as far as possible to individuals who do not possess lands
therein and who have no connections of language or of customs
with their neighbors, and controlling the political administration
of the new towns at least for the first years of their creation. I
flatter myself that my services will be more useful in Texas than
they have been in Goazacoalco, where, in addition to the fact that
the climate is injurious to me, I would not perhaps be able to make
myself respected due to the indignities I have suffered, the ag-
gressors going unpunished. The first obstacles have been over-
come and the most essential foundations have been laid. Don
Lauriano de Lattore, whom I left in my place, is there as an as-
sistant. Due to his great ability and judgment he is very well
able to discharge the duties of that commission in case he be
given attention and the necessary instructions. I hasten, there-
fore, through the safe conduct of Your Excellency, to ask his
Excellency, the Vice-President for a commission to establish set-
tlements at the ports of Bahia de Sabinas, Galveston and San
Bernardo or for any other commission in those places. If the
government needs machinery, tools, artisans or mechanics, I shall
also take upon myself the duty of securing them and carrying
them with me directly to one of the ports of Texas, on condition
that I be authorized to offer the settlers a certain amount of land
and what is necessary for their transportation. I think they should
be secured in Switzerland or Germany and carried to those ports
as settlers. These expenses cannot be great, because of the ease
with which a boat can be chartered here or at Havre at little cost.
Please bring this request to the attention of his Excellency, the
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