The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 491
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Proceedings of the Conlvetlion of Texas.
On motion of M\Ir. Wharton, it was resolved, that the President recommend
to the Convention, a suitable person as translator of its proceedings;
and that the President supervise the translations, when made.
Whereupon, the President recommended Mr. ALEXA\NDE.R GREAVES,
as translator, who was unanimously appointed by the Convention.
On motion, the Convention adjourned until Friday, 9 o'clock, A. M.
FRIDAY, October 5.
The Convention met agreeably to adjournment.
Mr. McFarland, chairman of the select committee, to whom was referred
the memorial for the admission of Texas into the Union as a State,
reported the memorial with an amendment; which was adopted, and is as
To the SoZ'ere.in2 General,' Con,gress off t/e Repblic of :fexico:
The inhabitants of all Texas, met in General Convention, at the Town
of San Felipe de Austin, by mleans of delegates, for the purpose of making
known their wants to the Government--most respectfully represent, that
they desire the separation of Texas from Coahuila, believing such separation
indispensable to their mutual happiness and prosperity; and that, ultimately,
sueh division would produce the most happy results to the
Coahuila being so distant from the population of Texas, and so widely
variant from it in interests-the rights and wants of the people of Texas,
cannot be properly protected and provided for, under the present organization,
admitting the several Departments of the Government of the State
to be prompted by the utmost purity of intention, in their efforts for the
administration of justice.
Coahuila and Texas, are dissimilar in soil, climate and productions, in
common interests, and partly in population-the representatives of the
former, are numerous, and those of the latter few-in consequence of
which, any law passed peculiarly adapted for the benefit of Texas. has
on]v to be the effect of a generous courtesy. Laws happily constructed
for the benefit of Coahuila, and conducive to its best interests, might be
ruinous to Texas-such are the conflicting interests of the two countries.
For instance, the unconstitutional law, prohibiting any but native Mexicans
from retailing inerchandize--which extends to the exclusion of naturalized
citizens, from anv participation in that employment.
Another reason, which should interest the sympathies of the Republic,
and enlist the aid of the Covernment, in favor of Texas, is its locality
being adjoining the territory of a powerful nation, whose established policy
towards the aborigines, has a tendenvc to flood Texas with Indian
emigrants, of a character dangerous in the extreme. The wide extent of
Awilderness, forming a nutural boundary between Texas and Coahuila,
places an indispensable barrier in the way of Cloahuila's extending the
eflicient means of defence she might w ish. This circumstance alone,
demands that all the energies of Texas should be embodied. to prevent
that calamity which threatens this favoured country, and which. nothing
short of a well regulated rovernmlent of a free, unshackled. and independent
State. can provide against.
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