The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 349
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The Union of Coahuila and Texas
among other things the only record of lands granted by the
deputation during its year of existence, and if these records were
transferred to Saltillo, a handicap would be placed on persons
Saucedo left the ayuntamiento to debate the issues involved,
and after considerable discussion that body voted to comply with
the state decree. The ayuntamiento then took the responsibility
of informing the deputation and political chief that they had
ceased to have authority. Believing that a union with Coahuila
would furnish enough strength to face the problems of maraud-
ing Apache Indians and foreign immigration, and fearing the
unknown future should it insist upon a separate existence as a
territory, the San Antonio ayuntamiento lost its opportunity for
separation by a refusal to take positive action.
The rest of the events of the day were colorful but an anti-
climax. Saucedo's wounded pride would not allow the ayunta-
miento to cast him aside in so cavalier a manner. Under his lead-
ership a number of armed citizens were gathered in the plaza in
front of the Alamo. The ayuntamiento, concerned over this men-
acing gesture, wrote to the commandant of arms, Juan Castafieda,
asking him to mediate and stop these "scandalous proceedings."
Castafieda's answer was of small comfort, for he replied that he
still recognized the authority of the political chief and deputation,
and he believed that the political chief had gathered the men to
sustain his rights. Castafieda assured the ayuntamiento that the
force had no intention of harming it, but he did not offer to
mediate. A stalemate was threatening, when at ten-thirty at night,
Father Refugio de la Garza brought the dispute to a close. Both
sides agreed to abide by the law abolishing the provincial govern-
ment and to work for a repeal of that portion of the law requiring
a transfer of the archives to Saltillo. The next day, October 1,
1824, the ayuntamiento instructed the deputy to the state legisla.
ture to work for such a repeal. Bastrop left San Antonio on
October 3, and was received, after some debate, as the deputy
from Texas on October 28. The federal constitution was pub-
lished in Mexico City on October 4, 1824, where in Title II,
Article 5, Coahuila y Texas was listed as one of the states of the
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