Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 13 of 72
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The following document, considering the avouched character of
the gentlemen whose names are signed to it, and attest its truth, is
entitled to a place in our columns :-National Intelligencer.
TO THE PUBLIC.
We will not dwell upon the false assurances made to us by men
professing to be the accredited agents of Texas in this country. At a
time when the cause of Texas was dark and gloomy, when Santa
Anna seemed designed to carry desolation over the whole country,
those men were prodigal of pro.mises, and professing to be authorized
to speak in the name of the Texian Government, made assurances of
ultimate remuneration, which they knew at the time to be false, and
which time proved to be so.
We now state that our personal observation and undoubted infor-
mation enabled us fully to perceive, 1st. That the present population
of Texas seemed wholly incapable of a just idea of civil and political
liberty, and that, so far as the extension of liberal principles is con-
cerned, it is of but little moment whether Mexico or Texas succeed in
2d. That the mass of the people, from the highest functionary of
their pretended government to the humblest citizen (with but few ex-
ceptions,) are animated alone by a desire of plunder, and appear
totally indifferent whom they plunder, friends or foes.
3d. That even now there is really no organized government in the
country, no laws administered, no judiciary, a perpetual struggle going
on between the civil and military departments, and neither having the
confidence of the people, or being worthy of it.
These facts and others sufficiently demonstrate to us that the cabinet
was deficient in all the requisites of a good government, and that no
one in his senses would trust himself, his reputation, or his fortunes,
to their charge or control. Charged with treason, bribery, and utsur-
pations, weak in their councils, and still weaker in power to enforce
their orders, we perceived at once that we must look for safety and
proper inducements elsewhere. We then turned our eyes to the army,
and a scene still more disheartening presented itself; undisciplined,
and without an effort to become so; not a roll called, nor a drill; no
regular encampment; no authority nor obedience; with plundering
parties for self-emolument, robbing private individuals of their property.
We could see nothing to induce us to embark our fortunes and destinies
with them. With these views and facts, we could but sicken and
wonder at the vile deceptions which had been practised upon us; yet
we are told that this people had risen up in their might to vindicate the
cause of civil and religious liberty. It is a mockery of the very name
of liberty. They are stimulated by that motive which such men can
only appreciate-the hope of plunder. They are careless of the form
of government under which they live, if that government will tolerate
licentiousness and disorder. Such is a brief, but we sincerely be-
lieve, a faithful picture of a country to which we were invited with
so much assiduity, and such the manner in which we were received
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