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consist of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Le6n, and the other of Coa-
huila and Texas. He wrote that a center of military control
nearer the settled portion of Texas would enable the command-
ant to handle that department much more effectively than was
possible under the existing organization.38 De la Garza, mean-
while, wrote from Soto la Marina that an ailment in his chest
prevented his assuming command immediately and that he
would much prefer that Mier y TerAn remain in command and
that he be allowed to serve under him.3" It is to be hoped that
he was sincere in this expression of preference, because it is
exactly what he obtained in a few days. Mier y Teran's sug-
gestion to divide the district was immediately rejected; his ob-
jections to the proposal of the War Department to place him
under de la Garza were sustained, and on March 17, Facio
informed him that he was to remain in charge of the Eastern
Interior Provinces as commandant general; that the three states,
Tamaulipas, Nuevo Le6n, and Coahuila and Texas were to be
united under his command; that de la Garza was to be second
in command in Tamaulipas only, during the absence of the
commandant general in Texas. The reason for this provision
was that it was felt that some military leader should be near
the coast in case of another Spanish invasion. Facio, on behalf
of the general government, thanked de la Garza for his services
in the past and expressed a hope that he would be as "zealous
in his future activities on behalf of his country."40
38Such a division would definitely have separated the commands of Mier y
Terin and de la Garza, but the idea was not being proposed for the first
time. A similar recommendation had been made in his communication of
October 20, 1829. Mier y Teran to Minister of War, Tampico, October 20,
1829, and San Fernando, February 27, 1830, Ibid.
3oDe la Garza to Mier y Terin, Soto la Marina, February 25, 1830; Mier y
Teran to Garza, San Fernando, March 2, and to Minister of War, March 7,
40Minister of War to Mier y Teran, March 17, and to Garza, March 20,
1830; Mier y Teran to Minister of War, Matamoros, March 30, 1830, Ibid.
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