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ERA OF COLONIZATION.
favor of the Mexican and against the American. In vain
Edwards pleaded for and then demanded justice; matters
grew worse and worse.
Edwards Ordered to Leave.-In the midst of all this
trouble, Hayden Edwards was compelled to go (1826) on
business to the United States. He left everything in
charge of his brother Benjamin. As the troubles in-
creased, Benjamin Edwards, acting upon the advice of
Austin,* wrote (Sept. 5) a full account of the entire
matter to Blanco, Governor of Texas and Coahuila. Be-
fore a reply was received, Hayden Edwards returned,
only to be met by rumors that his contract was to be
annulled and all the property of his colonists to be given
over to the Mexicans. Sepulveda, Norris, and the entire
Mexican party were wild with delight, and at once began
to persecute the Americans. Many an industrious set-
tler, who had worked hard to clear his farm, to build his
cabin and to gather about him a few of the comforts
of life, came home some day to find his entire property
claimed by a worthless Mexican; in vain the Americans
appealed to the alcalde, for every case was decided
against Edwards's men; if the colonist did not at once
give possession, an armed force was sent to make him
* Austin wrote:" The subject has caused me great unhappiness, but I had de-
termined not to interfere with it in any way. It is a dangerous one to touch,
and particularly to write about. You wish me to advise you. I scarcely know
what course will be the best. The uncertainty as to the precise nature of the
charges against you renders it difficult, nay, impossible, to make a regular defense.
I think, however, I would write directly to the governor of the State. Give him
a full statement of facts, and a very minute history of the acts of your principal
enemies and their opponents, and their manner of doing business in every par-
ticular both in regard to your brother as well as all others."
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