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promises of lands first made to them, is false, and I defy any one to
show a forfeiture of title to lands, when the conditions of the grant had
been fulfilled by the settler.
Now, sir, as to the war: here I will ask Americans, (except the
speculators,) how many military incursions, insurrections, and rebel-
lions, avowedly for the purpose of snatching Texas from its proper
owners, will, in their mind, justify Mexico in driving from its territories,
the pirates that would thus possess themselves of the country ? Be it
remembered, that these revolutions have never been attempted by the
resident citizens of Texas, but in every case by men organized in the
United States for the purpose and coming from afar: why, a single
provocation of this nature were ample justification ; but Texas has,
from the time of the adjustment of the boundary by Wilkinson and
Ferrara, experienced seven or eight.
The Americans (I mean the regulars) and Texians, appear to
understand each other perfectly. The neutrality is preserved on the
part of General Gaines, by allowing all volunteers, and other organized
corps destined for Texas, to pass in hundreds and thousands undis-
turbed, but keeps in check any attempt on the part of the native
Mexicans and Indians, to act against the Texians. The Texians are
allowed to wage war against a friendly power, in a district of country
claimed by the United States. The prisoners of war taken by the
Texians are ignorant to which party they are subject. The American
general claims the country only from Mexico, but has no objections to
the carrying on of war against Mexico in the district he claims! Pray,
sir, let Americans speak honestly, and let them say whether any gov-
ernment has, within the last century, placed itself in so ridiculous a
light ?-not only ridiculous, but contemptible. WVill not any honest
man confess at once that General Gaines, or any authority clothing
liim with the discretion so indiscreetly used, would never have dreamed
of the like against a government able and ready to defend itself, and
punish such arrogance ? What is Europe to say to this ? Will not
Mexico complain ? And will there be no sympathy for her ?-Letter
to the Editors of the JNew--York Commercial .dvertiser, dated .Nacog--
doges, Texas, September 14, 1836.
[Alas, for our national degeneracy and infamy ;-In 1811, the sus-
xicion of being accessory to this horrible outrage against the laws of
nature, and of nations, led a to distinct charge in the trial for treason of]
CHARGE V.-That he, the said James Wilkinson, while commanding
the army of the United States, by virtue of his said commission, and
beinc bound by the duties of his office to do all that in him lay, to
discover and to frustrate all such enormous violations of the law as
tended to endanger the peace and tranquillity of the United States, did,
nevertheless, unlawfully combine and conspire to set on foot a military
expedition against the territories of a nat'on, then at peace with tho
Specification, He, the said James Wilkinson, in the years 1805 and
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Anti-Texass Legion. Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations, book, January 1, 1845; Albany. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2356/m1/16/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .