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declaring that the cession of Texas would degrade the republic
and disgrace the minister who consented to it.23
Mier y TerAn's fears for the safety of Texas were aroused
early in the summer. His communication to the Minister of
War, July 24, 1829, has already been cited. Poinsett, before he
left Mexico, declared that General Mier y Teran had never
ceased to excite the fears of the government regarding the at-
titude of the United States towards Texas. Frequent insinua-
tions by Europeans, according to Poinsett, confirmed these
fears. He reported that he had seen a letter of June 3, from
the head of the boundary commission, "who has always been
attached to the English interests." "This person," wrote Poin-
sett, "assures the government in his last despatches that we are
making vast preparations to attack that country and have al-
ready fifteen thousand men on the frontier. Teran enlarged
on the great size, fertility and natural resources of Texas and
the consequent reasons why Mexico should never yield pos-
The revolution growing out of the proclamation of the Plan
of Jalapa in December, 1829, interrupted temporarily the prepa-
rations for an expedition to Texas, but additional reasons for
such an expedition seemed to be piling up. On December 8,
Colonel de las Piedras wrote to Mier y Teran, from Nacog-
doches, that the United States was moving troops to the frontier
and that hundreds of North Americans were entering Texas;
he was sure that not all of these were colonists. He had also
heard that men were being recruited in New Orleans to start
a revolution in Texas. The main topic of conversation on the
frontier, according to the commander at Nacogdoches, was
President Jackson and his views on Texas.25 Less than a week
later, news of a more disturbing nature came to the command-
ant general. Late in October and early in November, 1829, two
boats carrying twenty-six families landed on the Texas coast.
23There is, among others, a lengthy article in Correo, November 8, 1829.
The writer of this article makes reference to a similar expression of feeling
noted in El Sol, November 4, 1829.
24Poinsett to Van Buren, Mexico City, August 2, 1829, in W. R. Manning,
"Texas and the Boundary Issue, 1822-1829," in The Southwestern Historical
Quarterly, XVII, 217-261.
25De las Piedras to Mier y Terin, Nacogdoches, December 8, 1829, MS. in
Translations of Empresario Contracts, 343, General Land Office of Texas.
Piedras was also considerably disturbed over the arrival in Texas of
numerous bands of Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians from the United States.
Same to Same, December 20, 1829, Archivo General de Mexico, Guerra, Frac.
1, Leg. 14, op. mil. 1830, The University of Texas (Hatcher) Transcripts.
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