The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 65
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Life of General Don Manuel de Mier y Terdn
proposed. The essential differences between these measures and
the government's proposals were such that Mier y Tern could
not hide his disappointment. He was perfectly willing to head
the division which was to operate in Texas, but he did not like
the plan of operation which would place it under the control
of the commandant general of the Eastern Interior Provinces.
Facio's proposals would place the Texas expedition under de la
Garza's supervision. "The success of this expedition demands
that the person who directs it maintain over the country which
produces the resources with which he must work, not only a
direct influence, but an authority without the least impediment."
He should not have to depend upon the good will of another
military chief whose interests possibly would be in another
direction. He should have full control of the revenue from the
custom houses of Tamaulipas and Matamoros. "All means of
transportation," argued the commandant general, "the purchase
of mounts, the building of military roads, the replacement of
men, will depend upon the whims of a person removed in a
physical sense from the needs. In a word, the commandancy of
Texas is now subject to an inevitable dependency upon Tamau-
lipas."36 He cited instances during the period of the Spanish
invasion when the troops suffered because certain state officials
intercepted money, supplies, and even medicine destined for the
defending army. He then reiterated his willingness to proceed
under the proposed plan in spite of its defects and stated that
he was leaving for Matamoros as soon as his health would
permit. He did wish, however, that it might be so arranged
that all revenue from Texas could be used to support the troops
operating in that department. "The only real defense of Texas,"
he concluded, "is a permanent occupation."3'
Either as an after-thought or as a compromise measure, a
week later, Mier y Teran recommended the division of the
Eastern Interior Provinces into two military districts, one to
36De la Garza, since the days of the poder ejecutivo, had exercised a special
military authority in Tamaulipas; it was he who executed Iturbide. Busta-
mante had named him to the Eastern Interior commandancy, and Santa
Anna had deprived him of this command. While Mier y Tergn does not
mention him by name, it is clear that the "dependency upon Tamaulipas"
refers to de la Garza. This naturally raises the question of the sincerity of
Mier y TerAn's objections. Was he objecting to the plan of the War Depart-
ment or to the person who would be exercising authority over him?
8TMier y Teran to Minister of War, San Fernando, February 20, 1830,
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