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religion as a " violation of faithl" on the part of Mexico; but they
were arrested and thrown into prison, where they were kept for
several months, and liberated only to return to Texas, to say, that
" all was lost." It was in 183.3, that AUSTIN went to Mexico, and
on this point, I propose to let him speak for himself, in refutation
of the Texian advocates. In a letter which he addressed " tothe
Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, tlle 2nd of January, 1834,
he says :-" I have been arrested by an order from the Minister of
War * * * *
for writing an officio to the Ayuntamiento of
Texas, dated 21st October last, advising, or rather reconmmending
that they should consult amongst themselves for the purpose of organizing
a local Gocernmentfor Texas, in the event that no remedies
could be obtained for the evils that threatened the country witl ruin.
I do not in any manner blame the Gov rern ment fo arresting me.
1 * * * * I give the advice to the people there, that I have
always given, keep quiet, discountenance all Ierolutionary nmeasures
0o men. * * : * * Petition through the legal channels,"
and we have the public testimony of AUSTIN himself,
in the letter from which I have already quoted, "that the
general Government are disposed to do everything for Texas that
can be done to promote its prosperity and welfare, that is consistent
with the Constitution and Laws ;" and he adds, " I have no doubt
the State Government will do the same if they are applied to in a
proper manner." Tlhe idea was entertained by the Texians, that
;nit "independent State," under the conifedrateds system, might
stand up1on its " sovereignty," and nullify the decrees of the General
Government to suit its purposes, and this led to the calling
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