Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 418 of 432
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lived to witness extraordinary changes in the land
he failed to revolutionise.
After this abortive attempt, a decided, though
gradual alteration was manifested in the policy of
the Supreme Government towards Texas. Troops
began to be introduced, at first in small numbers,
at considerable intervals, and under various pretences;
these men, however, were not recalled, but
were stationed at Nacogdoches until the garrison
there amounted to two hundred and fifty. Other
garrisoned posts were in like manner established,
ostensibly to secure the revenue, but in reality, to
overawe and control the Anglo-American colonists,
whose rapid increase and prosperity inspired the
Mexicans with envy and alarm.
In the habits, sentiments, and training of the
Northern settlers and the ruling race, there were
too many points of dissimilarity for the long continuance
of amicable relations. The Americans, although
they did not oppose the Catholic religion, despised
the superstitious observances and detested the intolerant
bigotry of its Mexican professors. Persons
who had been long married in the United States
were obliged to pay sixteen dollars, to a Padre for
repeating the ceremony, and to submit to Catholic
baptism of each child, infant or adult. They neither
invited priests, nor provided them with sacred ornaments,
vessels, or places of worship, nor sought
to acquire the Spanish language, nor founded schools
for the purpose of having it taught to their children,
with the dogmas of the national faith. But they attracted
commerce to an unfrequented coast, repressed
the inroads of the savage, reclaimed the wilderness,
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/418/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .