History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell. Page: 212 of 227
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Second-On the 10th December last, the Commandant General,
by a laconic military order, annulled the Ayuntamiento of Liberty,
which was legally established by the commissioner Madero, and
established a new Ayuntamiento at Anahuac, without any authority
from the State Government, and without even consulting it.
Third-The Commandant General has, without any authority
from the State, taken possession of, and appropriated, such lands
as he deemed proper; thus totally disregarding the rights and
sovereignty of the State. Speaking of this subject, the Governor,
in the before-mentioned message, says (as translated,)
" Although this Government, in the message of last year, expressed
a hope, that under the provisions of the law of 6th April, 1830,
a considerable colonization of the vacant lands in the department
of Bexar might be expected, nothing has been done up to the present
time. The commissioner of the General Government, not.
withstanding the instructions he has received, to purchase from
the State a portion of vacant lands, has not entered into the necessary
contracts tor this purpose, nor made any proposition to do so;
but has, without any authority, occupied many points with garrisons.
This Government is ignorant of the causes of this strange
mode of proceeding, and therefore cannot state what they are."
Fourth-The Government of the State ordered U. B. Johnston,
the Alcalde of Liberty, to convene the people, and hold an election
for Alcalde and members of the Ayuntamiento of Liberty, notwithstanding
the order of Gen. Teran, before cited, annulling that
corporation. Col. Bradbur issued orders, and repeated and reiterated
them, to said Johnston, prohibiting him from proceeding
with said election, and threatening him with military force; in
consequence of which, the election was not held, and thus the order
of the State Government was disregarded by the military power, and
the citizens were by military force prevented from exercising the
rights of suffrage which the constitution and laws guaranteed to
Fifth-Col. Bradburn has, at various times, and without any re.
gard whatever to the constitution or the authorities of the State of
Coahuila and Texas, arrested peaceable and quiet citizens, for no
other reason than an expression of opinion against his violent and
arbitrary acts; and he has disregarded the rights of persons and of
property, which were expressly guaranteed by the National and
State constitutions, and attempted to make every thing bend to
military despotism and martial law. Encouraged by the patience
of the State Government, under the iron rod of military power, his
despotism reached its highest point. In the month of May last, he
imprisoned seven citizens, and attempted to arrest George M. Patrick,
the first Regidor, and acting Alcalde of Anahuac, and James
Lindsey, another Regidor of the Ayuntarniento of that place, who,
in consequence, left Anahuac, and fled to Austin's Colony for
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Newell, Chester. History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell., book, 1838; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6109/m1/212/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .