The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 59
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The Expedition of Major Neighbors to El Paso in 1849 59
John S. Ford thought the expedition had other far-reaching
effects. In his Memoirs, he said:
Previous to the expedition of Lieut. Whiting, and Maj. Neighbors,
the country between San Antonio and El Paso was esteemed almost
a desert. The public was now placed in possession of proofs to the
reverse. At the next meeting of the Texas legislature Major Neighbors
was sent to El Paso, as the Agent of the State. He organized the
country [sic] of El Paso, and proceeded to Santa Fe. President
Taylor claimed that, the territory belonged to the United States,
and issued a proclamation and designated "one Robert S. Neigh-
bors" as a trespasser [sic], etc. The contest between the General
Government and the State of Texas concerning the ownership of this
territory became a political question, and engendered bad blood.
Mr. Clay introduced a bill known as "The Compromise Measure,"
which became a law and probably prevented serious trouble to the
people of the United States. The sale of a part of New Mexico to
the United States for ten millions of dollars furnished Texas the
means to settle her revolutionary debt, and she did so. It is no strain
upon truth to assume that, the expedition of Maj. Neighbors was
a factor in these important events. It certainly precipitated action
in the matter.9
9Ford, Memoirs (MS.), III, 524.
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