The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 218
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head waters of the Trinity, and the banks of the Sabine,
I pray your excellency may be pleased to order that
possession be given to them, with the corresponding
Titles, with the understanding that it will be expedient
that the commissioner appointed for this purpose,
should act in conjunction with Colonel Jos6 de las
Piedras, commanding the military force on the frontier
Governor Letona approved the idea and forwarded the order
to B6xar, but for reasons beyond the scope of this study, the
claims of the Cherokees were never settled.
Mier y Teran's further activities in connection with the ex-
ecution of the Law of April 6, 1830, are closely associated with
the work of George Fisher and John Davis Bradburn; these
will be discussed in the following chapter. For the present it
is sufficient to say that only the project for the military occupa-
tion of Texas was carried out. "Texas remained, therefore,
preponderantly Anglo-American in population and civilization,
with neither social nor economic ties binding the colonists to
the rest of the Mexican Confederation."''" Immigration con-
tinued to flow from the United States, though more slowly,
while neither Europeans nor Mexicans came in to readjust the
Anglo-American preponderance. The concessions to Austin and
DeWitt, however, merely postponed the date for the total ex-
clusion of immigrants from the United States. DeWitt's con-
tract and one of Austin's expired by limitation in 1831, and
Austin's final contract was to expire in 1834. The Law of April
6, 1830, was a turning point in the relations of the Texas colo-
nists and the government. To quote an opinion based on years
of careful study:
On the one side, its passage marked the culmination
of the government's slowly crystallizing conviction
that the policy of allowing unrestricted immigration
from the United States was a dangerous error. On the
other side, in spite of Austin's efforts to persuade the
colonists that there was much good in the law, I am
convinced that it gave the first serious shock to
Austin's own confidence in the good will of the govern-
ment and in the possibility of bringing Texas to a sat-
isfactory state of development under Mexican domina-
91Governor Letona to the political chief of the department of Bexar,
September 1, 1831, in E. W. Winkler, "The Cherokee Indians in Texas," in
The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, VII, 153-154.
92E. C. Barker, Mexico and Texas, 60.
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