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TIE WAR IN TEXAS.
government in its justifi3ation, upon that oc- sessed mvself of a league of fine land, took the oath
casion. The documents, since which
4of the wl hole , mater. time, 1 must confess, 1 liave tasted more bitterness,
oftew lil mathe assumption, that a ne. grief and trouble, than I had done in all my past
Notwithstanding tlie assumption, that a n- ibefore. The like declarations will be made by
cessity existed for tihe United States' troops to lifevery American who settled in Texas, whenever
take a position on the Sabine, or beyond it,fur they can do so without the fears that make them
the purpose of keeping the Indians in check, it mute. 1 now allude to those Americans who had
was knlown to all intelligent persons there, at been settlers for any time. and who had fulfilled the
the time, that t,he array of force thus called for conditions entitling them to their lands; and not to
was intended to encourage the insurgents in those who came for the express purpose of sowing a
Texas. A letter froni an officer in the United rebellion, organized and matured bv those who had
Staexs army, lt,blish.d in the iny and lettve forged, or hlad purchased forged tites to lands, and
States army, p,blished in the rnrmy and Nv were in advance, determined to create rebellion, that
Chronicle, canlidly admits this, and sam s of the they might perfect those titles, if possible.
advance of Gaines' troops to Nacogdoches:- There came to Nacogdoches, about three years
', It is to create the impression in Texas and Mex- ago, a Mexican, named Almrsonte, who publicly inico,
that the government of the United States takes formed the people that he liad been sept by the go.
a part in the controversy. It is in fact lending to tlie. vernment to see and enquire as to the then 'condition
cause of Texas all the aid which it can derive from of Texas-that the Mexican government was disthe
countenance and apparent support of the United pleased and humiliated to fi,nd that immense forgeries
States, besides placing our troops in a situation to had been effected in land titles--which spurious titles
take an actual part in aid of the Texians, in case a were selling in every large citv of the United States
reverse of their affairs should render aid necessary. to the great deception and ruin of innocent individuals
The pretext of the anticipated invasion from the In- who ptrchased them-that complaints fiom Ameridians
in that quarter is unsupported by the least pro- can citizens had reached the government of Mexico,
bable testimony, although Gen. Houston has issued a alleging fraud. not only in the speculators who sold
proclamation, dated at Nacogdoches, ordering out a these titles, but even in the Mexican authorities
body of 200 Texian militia 'to sustain the United themselves; and that this practice must cease, or
States force at this place, until reinforcements can the government would feel constrained to act in such
arrive from Gen. Gaines.'" a manner as would convince the world of their dishe
vry crcumstance, that such a " ro- approbation of such practices. Mr. Almonte further
sThe very P, thatsuca proexplained what titles were good, aud what were
clamation" was issuied by the insurg!nt CIhief, bad; and it is worthy of remark, that those whose
shows what connexion there was in the arrange- titles are worthless, have hated the man ever since,
ments of the United States and bandit forces. and were very anxious to have him shot, when he
A part of thie former had ai rived at Nacogdo- was lately taken with Santa Anna, on the score of
ches, and a speedy junction was desirable, as his having been a spy among them three years before.
the Mexicans (then victorious) were expect- Do not laugh, Messrs. Editors, at the idea of a man's
being a spy within his own countrv, and by the
ed to press onward immediately, in overpower- orders wthin hs own countr an by the
ing nmbers. orders of his own government.
Btteingnigutrcmo ete,rmbers. .Soon after came General Houston, late governor,
Btit the following- extract of a letter, from ^late Cherokee, and, country. Next came General Mason, agent for the
indeed, it has been fully coiroborated by stb- New York company. Upon the meeting of these
sequent testimony. Americans! Read and re. two big bugs, a discussion took place as to the proflectn
. - posed revolution, Houston for it, Mason at that time
against it; the gentlemen waxed warm in the argu"I
am myself an American, and tunless Providence ment, and separated mutually displeased with each
has deprived me of those sympathies that prompt other, Mason going through to Mexico, and, as it is
others, am as much disposed to love my countrymen, asserted by JMfexicans, being tfe first man who conto
feel for them, admire them, and to cherish our veyed the news of the proposed rebellion in Texas,
noble constitution and laws, as any other man; yet to Mexico.
I have never been able to approve the Texan cause, Next in turn was the change in the government
and( still less can I approve of the second fiddle game effected by Santa Anna; and next the Texian Revonow
playing here by one of the general officers of lution. Was it not laughable to see these Texians,
the United States army. all of them, generally speaking, slave-holders, adherI
came to Texas some seven years since, possess- ing to the constitution of 1824, one article of which
ed, as I thought, of good titles to a league of land, emaincipates all the slaves in Mexico! Was it not
purchased in New York qf an individual who, to my laughable to see them proclaiming a constitution, of
certain knowledge, had sold many other leagues, and which, eleven years ago, the Americans in Texas had
on my arrival, immediately applied to the proper prohibited the proclamation by Mexican authorities
officer to be put in possession of my land, when, there, under the heaviest threats!-Wbhat man of
much to my surprise, I was told that my titles were common sense can believe in this humbyg ? None,
good for nothing; but was informed at the same gentlemen; none but those that have risked their
time that I was welcome to land, and that I nmight thousands in this country; and they, whoever they
select any vacant land, for which I should receive may be, feign to believe it. The statements made
titles on cortditions then enumerated, and which I throughout the United States, of tyranny and opthought
but fair and equitable. I accordingly pos- pression on the part of Mexico towarid the American
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Lundy, Benjamin. The war in Texas; a review of facts and circumstances, showing that this contest is a crusade against Mexico, set on foot by slaveholders, land speculators, & c. in order to re-establish, extend, and perpetuate the system of slavery and the slave trade., book, 1837; Philadelphia. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2414/m1/44/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .