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request.' Perhaps it was just as well. The General's state of
health since 1828 had been poor, and he was evidently subject
to spells of fever, followed by periods of gloom and depression
bordering upon melancholia. The documents show that, in spite
of this, he was one of the busiest of men. All matters of coloniza-
tion were referred to him; the usual procedure was for Alaman
to refer all applications and correspondence from his office to
the commissioner of colonization; Mier y Teran made sug-
gestions and recommendations, and then Alaman took final
action. Usually, but not always, Alaman simply carried out
Mier y TerAn's ideas by giving them official confirmation. In
this way all government business affecting Texas was handled-
contracts, Indian affairs, slavery, runaway slaves and free
negroes, colonization projects, applications for land, and all
manner of disputes.2 The final plan of Mexican colonization
was presented by Mier y Teran in April, 1831. He hoped to
establish five hundred Mexican families each at Galveston,
Lavaca, and TenoxtitlAn. The government had the land and
some money to put the plan into operation, but the state gov-
ernors were not willing to cooperate, and without this co6pera-
tion there was no way to induce the families to emigrate.3
Mier y TerAn's activities during 1831 and 1832, in connection
with the execution of the Law of April 6, 1830, make up a part
of a story which has been told many times. Hence, it is not the
purpose of this chapter to repeat the details of that series of
events ordinarily referred to as the "Disturbances of 1832." It
will be necessary, however, to make frequent references to those
events in order to show how they were affected by the general
policy and specific decisions of the commissioner of colonization.
We have seen that in carrying out the military measures of the
'Mier y Terdn to Alamin, November 15, 1830, in Archivo General de
Mexico, Guerra, Frac. 1, Leg. 7, op. mi. 1836; Facio to Alaman, December
30, 1830, and April 16, 1831, Mexico, Department of Fomento, legajo 5,
expediente 33. The University of Texas (West) Transcripts.
-Archivo de la Secretaria de Fomento, Colonizaci6n, Legajos I, V, and
VI, The University of Texas (West) Transcripts, 1830; The William R.
Manning Transcripts, Relaciones Exteriores, 1830; Communicidn de
Don Lucas Alamdn remitiendo 9 representaciones solicitando colonizar la
Provincia de Texas, MS., in La Biblioteca del Museo Nacional, Mexico,
Papeles de Texas, Legajo 51, Expediente 7, nim. 25, una foja, 1830.
3Mier y Tertn to Governor of Coahuila and Texas, April 18, 1831, in
Archivo de la Secretaria de Fomento, Colonizacidn, Legajo 5, Expediente
34, The University of Texas (West) Transcripts. See also Papeles de
Texas, MSS., Legajo 51, Expediente 7, nim. 60, in La Biblioteca del Museo
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