The Texas Almanac, for 1860, with Statistics, Historical and Biographical Sketches, &c., Relating to Texas. Page: 77
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HISTORY OF TEXAS. 77
They have seen the deliberations of the council and the volition of the camp
distracted and paralyzed, by the interference of an influence anti-patriotic in itself,
and too intimately interwoven with the paralyzing policy of the past, to admit the
hope of relief from its incorporation with that which can alone avert the evils of
the present crisis, and place the affairs of the country beyond the reach of an im-
They have witnessed these evils with bitter regrets, with swollen hearts, and
A revulsion is at hand. An army, recently powerless and literally imprisoned,
is now emancipated. From a comparatively harmless, passive, and inactive atti-
tude, they have been transferred to one preeminently commanding, active, and im-
posing. The North and East of iMexico will now become the stronghold of central-
ism. Thence it can sally in whatever direction its arch deviser may prefer to
employ its weapons. The counter-revolution in the interior once smothered, the
whole fury of the contest will be poured on Texas. She is principally populated
with North-Americans. To expel these from its territory, and parcel it out among
the instruments of its wrath, will combine the motive and the means for consum-
mating the scheme of the President Dictator. Already, we are denounced, pro-
scribed, outlawed, and exiled from the country. Our lands, peaceably and lawfully
acquired, are solemnly pronounced the proper subject of indiscriminate forfeiture,
and our estates of confiscation. The laws and guarantees under which we entered
the country as colonists, tempted the unbroken silence, sought the dangers of the
wilderness, braved the prowling Indian, erected our numerous improvements, and
opened and subdued the earth to cultivation, are either abrogated or repealed, and
now trampled under the hoofs of the usurper's cavalry.
Why, then, should we longer contend for charters, which, we are again and again
told in the annals of the past, were never intended for our benefit ? Even a will-
ingness on our part to defend them, has provoked the calamities of exterminating
warfare. Why contend for the shadow, when the substance courts our accept-
ance ? The price of each is the same. War--exterminating war-is waged; and
we have either to fight or flee.
We have indulged sympathy, too, for the condition of many whom, we vainly
flattered ourselves, were opposed, in common with their adopted brethren, to the
extension of military domination over the domain of Texas. But the siege of
Bexar has dissolved the illusion. Nearly all their physical force was in the line of
the enemy and armed with rifles. Seventy days' occupation of the fortress of
Goliad, has also abundantly demonstrated the general' diffusion among the Creole
population of a like attachment to the institutions of their ancient tyrants. Intel-
lectually enthralled, and strangers to the blessings of regulated liberty, the only
philanthropic service which we can ever force on their acceptance, is that of
example. In doing this, we need not expect or even hope for their cooperation.
When made the reluctant, but greatly benefited recipients of a new, invigorating,
and cherishing policy-a policy tendering equal, impartial, and indiscriminate
protection to all; to the low and the high, the humble and the well-born, the poor
and the rich, the ignorant and the educated, the simple and the shrewd--then, aLd
not before, will they become even useful auxiliaries in the work of political or moral
It belongs to the North-Americans of Texas to set this bright, this cheering,
this all-subduing example. Let them call together their wise men. Let them be
jealous of the experienced, of the speculator, of every one anxious to serve as a
delegate, of every one hungry for power, or soliciting office; and of all too who have
thus far manifested a willingness to entertain or encourage those who have already
tired the patience of the existing Council with their solicitations and attendance.
Those who seek are seldom ever the best qualified to fill an office. Let them dis-
card, too, the use of names calculated only to deceive and bewilder, and return like
men to the use of words whose signification is settled and universally acknow-
ledged. Let them call their assembly, thus made up, a Convention; and let lh:s
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The Galveston News. The Texas Almanac, for 1860, with Statistics, Historical and Biographical Sketches, &c., Relating to Texas., book, 1860~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123766/m1/79/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.