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the writings of the notorious PETER BORTIWICK, the great
Pro-Slavery advocate, than in his.
Now for the facts of the case. Previously to the year 1820, a
few citizens of the United States, temporarily established themselves
in the eastern part of Texas, as Indian Traders. These
were unauthorized adventurers; but in that year, a large grant of
land was made to 3MOSES AUSTIN, of Missouri, on condition that
he would introduce, within a given time, three hundred families of
industrious, orderly settlers, professing the Roman Catholic Rleligion.
Before completing his arrangements he suddenly died, and
his son, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, took the matter into his hands, as the
legal heir and representative of his father. lie repaired to Texas
with a considerable number of settlers from Tennessee, Missouri,
and Louisiana; but, prior to his obtaining legal possession of the
grant made to his father, the revolution in Mexico broke out,
which terminated in its separation from the Spanish Crown.
AUSTIN applied to the new Government for a confirmation of the
grant made to his father, which lie obtained with little difficulty,
in a modified form. The Contractor and the Settlers were liberally
supplied with lands gratis, on the condition of occupying them,
and pledging themselves to be obedient to the laws of the country;
yet the settlement of the Colony, was still restricted to persons of
the Roman Catholic faith. Thus, the plan of Colonizing Texas
was regularly commenced by the Government, and laws were enacted
settling the terms, and plans of Colonization. And when
the Provinces of Coahuila and Texas, were united under a State
Government, special regulations were made by the Legislature, in
conformity with those of the General Congress, all of which were
submitted to by the Colonists, as binding upon them.
The Slave Trade was abolished throughout the Mexican Dominions
on the 13th of July, 1824, in the following terms :-
commerce and traffic in slaves, proceeding fiom whatever power,
and under whatever flag, is for ever prohibited within the territories
of the United Mexican States. 2. The slaves who may be introduced
contrary to the tenor of the preceding article, shall remain
free in consequence of treading the Mexican soil."
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Scoble, John. Texas, its claims to be recognised as an independent power by Great Britain : examined in a series of letters, book, 1839; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6108/m1/37/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .