The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 61
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Life of General Don Manuel de Mier y Terdn
They were supposed to be Irish immigrants, but it seemed that
they were all North Americans directly from New York.
Furthermore, many of the colonists already in Texas, as well
as those recently arriving, were evading the religious restric-
tion requiring colonists to be Catholics. "In complying with
my duty," wrote Mier y Teran to the Minister of War, "I con-
sider it necessary to inform the Supreme Government through
you that if the colonization contracts in Texas by North Amer-
icans are not suspended, and if the conditions of the establish-
ments are not watched, it is necessary to say that the province
is already definitely delivered to the foreigners."28
The success of the Bustamante revolution brought about a
change in ministers; and as soon as it became evident that his
old friend, Facio, would be the new Minister of War, Mier y
Teran prepared a more elaborate and complete report on the
Texas situation. The unsettled state of the country made the
ordinary means of communication unsafe, and for this reason
Constantino Tarnava, a member of the boundary commission
who, with Batres, had joined his chief at Tampico, was sent to
Mexico City to deliver the report in person and to enlarge upon
any part of it which might not be clearly stated. Tarnava and
Batres, it will be remembered, were both lieutenant-colonels in
the Mexican army. They arrived at Matamoros from B6xar
several days after Mier y TerAn had gone to Tampico, but both
joined him at that place later. The report consisted in an even
more emphatic reiteration of the views and recommendations
which Mier y Terin had expressed in his letter to the Minister
of War and Navy of November 14th, with detailed suggestions
for combating the imminent loss of Texas to the Anglo-
American menace through the establishment of garrisons and
the fomentation of Mexican and European settlement. The
report is preserved in a letter written in its exposition by
Tarnava to Facio under date of January 6.27 A few days later,
26J. A. Facio, Minister of War and Navy, to Licas Alamdn, Minister of
Relations, Mexico City, January 23, 1830. Facio quotes extracts from a
letter which Mier y Teran wrote him, November 14, 1829, from Tampico,
in which he included letters from Mariano Corio, Matagorda, October 31,
and Aranzazua, November 2, 1829, and Antonio Elosua, B4xar, November
9, 1829. All this correspondence is in The University of Texas Transcripts
from Department of Fomento, Mexico, Legajo 5, Expediente 34.
27Constantino Tarnava to Minister of War and Marine, Mexico City,
January 6, 1830, in Alleine Howren, "Causes and Origin of the Decree of
April 6, 1830," in Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XVI, 403-404, and
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