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THE WAR IN TEXAS.
the views of these cormorant speculators; and
lands are freely offered as an inducement for
the enterprising and daring to emigrate from
the United States and other coantries. Many
such have accepted the iiivitation, and in numerous
instances have taken lands to which
they can have no rightful claim whatever, and
hold the same in violation of the laws.
In case the Independence of Texas shall be
established, all grants and claims, as aforesaid,
are legalized, (particularly if the claimants
take an active part in the revoluttion;) the
system of slavery is to be re-established upon
a firm Constitutional basis; and every facility
will be given to the introduction of slaves
from the United States, Cuba, and Africa.*
This, it is confidently believed, will afford great
opportunities to build up princely fortunes in
the Texian Empire, by the sale of land, the
extended traffic in slaves, kc.
It was not considered sound policy, to declare
the Texas country entirely independent
of Mexico, while the hope of continuing the
Federal form of government existed. The
colonists still felt themselves too weak to compete
with the power of the republic; and it
was doubtful whether the auxiliary force from
the United States, which they expected to cooperate
with them, would be sufficient to
ensure success. Besides, they were somewhat
divided in opinion among themselves as to the
measures that should be adopted, and the men
who should be intrusted with the authority to
direct the operations of the scheme. The
most of those who marshalled as political and
military leaders, were upstarts in whom they
had little confidence-some of them broken
down politicians and mere adventurers fiom
the United States-persons, in fact, of very
doubtful character and capacity. When the
change in the form of government was proposed,
therefore, they declared for the Constitution
of 1824, hoping that the native
citizens of the State of Coahuila and they now got him out of their
way by giving him the appointment of cornmissioner
to procure further aid, both physical
and pecuniary, from the United States.
t It has been asserted, that the proposal to change
the form of government was made, and enforced, by the
usurped authority of the President. This is not true.
The measure was recommended by others, sanctioned
by the general Congress, and acquiesced in by the Mexican
people very generally. The Executive, as in duty
bound, merely proceeds to enforce the national will.
The Mexicans had become weary of the dissentions
arising under the Federal organization- The "nullifiers"
of that Republic acted with more spirit than those
of our country. When they resolved to abrogate the
laws of the general government, they frequently essayed
to put their threats in execution; and, in too many instances,
blood was shed, before their disputes were
settled. In the proposed amendments or alterations ot
their Constitution, the main essential features of a republican
government were preserved; and as the form
was more simple, and easier to be comprehended by the
people generally, they hoped for more tranquilSlty and
permanent prosperity under it.
t The writer of this was travelling in company with a
eaptain of one of the United States revenue cutters at
the period here alluded to, who had been stationed on
the coast of Louisiana a short time before. There were
then loud complaints, in the newspapers, of the negligence
of our government in protecting our commerce in
the Gulf of Mexico.-The Captain was questioned as to
the actual state of things there. He replied as follows:
" These complaints proceed altogether from the smugglers.
The commandcers of vessels whom they denominate
pirates, are regularly commissioned revenue officers,
acting under the authority of the Mexican governmentThe
smuggling gentry are sometimes detected, and their
goods, arms, ammunition, and then
they have the barefaced assurance to call upon our government
to protect them in violating the Mexican
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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/m1/8/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .