Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 6 of 72
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COLONIZATION LAWS OF COAHUILA AND TEXAS.
ART. 32. The new settlers, in regard to the introduction of slaves,
shall be subject to laws which now exist, atnd which shall hereafter be
made on the subject.
ART. 36. The servants and laborers which, in future, foreign colonists
shall introduce, shall not, by force of any contract whatever, remain bound
to their service a lon-er space of time than ten years.
Given in the city of Leona Vicario, 28th April, 1832.
JOSE JESUS GRANDE, President.
In the course of my observations, I have several times asserted, that
it was the intention of the insurrectionists to establish and perpetuate
the system of slavery, by "contstitutional" provision. In proof of this,
I now quote several paragraphs from the "CONSTITUTION" which they
lately adopted. This extract is taken from that part under the head
of" General Provisions," and embraces all that relates to slavery.
SEc. 8. All persons who shall leave the country for the purpose of
evading a participation in the present struggle, or shall refuse to partici-
pate in it, or shall give aid or assistance to the present enemny, shall
forfeit all rights to citizenship, and such lands as they may hold, in the
SEc. 9. All persons of color, who were slaves for life previous to
their emigration to Texas, and who are now held ii bondage, shall
remain in the like state of servitude, provided the said slave shall be the
bona fide property of the person so liolding said slave as aforesaid.
Con.gress shall pass no laws to prohibit eimig'rants from the United States
of a.qerica from brin ging their slaves into the republic with them, and
holding, them by the same tenure by which such slaves were held in
the United States; nor shall congress have the poweer to emancipate
slaves; nor shall any slaveholder be allowed to emancipate his or her slave
or slaves, without the consenlt of congress, unless he or she shall send his
or her slave or slaves without the limits of the republic. No free
person of African descent, either in whole or in part, shall be permitted
to reside permanently in the republic, without the consent of con Yress;
and the importation or admission of Africans or negroes into this
republic, excepting from the United States of America, is for ever
prohibited and declared to be piracy.
SEC. 10. All persons, (.1fricans, and the descendants of Jfricans, and
Indians excepted,) who were residing in Texas on the day of the Decla-
ration of Independence, [a great portion of the native .Mexican citizens
are, of course, excluded,] shall be considered citizens of the republic,
and entitled to all the privileges of such. All citizens now living in
Texas, wlio have not received their portion of land in like manner as
colonists, shall be entitled to their land in the following proportion and
manner: Every head of a family shall be entitled to one league and
"labor" of land, and every single man of the age of seventeen and
upwards, shall be entitled to one third part of one league of land.
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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/m1/6/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .