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In the mean time, emigrants poured into Texas from the slave
States, carrying their slaves with them, in defiance of the Colonization
laws. Beside these, a large number of squatters, consisting
of fiaudlulent debtors and fugitives fiom justice, intruded
themselves from the United States ; and not a few took lands,
professedly with the view of settlement, but really to carry on a
traffic in contraband goods, such as arms, ammunition, and the slave-holders, landspeculators,
and smugglers, had it all their own way.
At length, however, the Government determined to put a
stop to emigration fiom the United States, not less because
of the daring violation of the laws by these adventurers, than
on account of the disgraceful conduct of Mr. POINSETT, at
Mexico, where lie was charged with intriguing witl its
enemies, for the purpose of securing Texas to the United
States. Under these circumstances, it was, that, in 1830, the
Government passed the decree :-" That the citizens of foreign
countries, lying adjacent to the Mexican territory, are prohibited
fronl settling, as Colonists, in the States or territories of the Republic
adjoining such countries." This law is, however, admitted
not to have been rigidly enforced, inasmuch as sea-borne emigrants,
were, fo' a time, allowed to enter Texas, and go whithersoever
The Texian advocates would make it appear, that this prohibitory
law was an infliction of the rights of the Colonists, and a
" violation of faitl " on the part of Mexico, when, in point of
fact, it was imperatively called for, in support of the general laws
of the country, and to protect Texas fiom the designs of the
southerners now become apparent, who were longing to have it
within their grasp, and wh o had determined, if they could not
obtain it by fraud, to secure it by force.
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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/m1/39/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .