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: 213 of 227
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These repeated and continued acts ofdespotism, added to the high.
ly abusive manner in which Col. Bradburn expressed himselfagainst
the citizens, and his threats against the constitutional authorities
of the State, finally exhausted the patience of all, and caused an
excitement which spread through every part of the country. The
quiet and peaceable citizens had looked on in silence, with their
eyes and hopes directed to the State Government, as the only constitutional
authority competent to remedy evils of such magnitude,
but, unfortunately, the State utovernment was then borne down by
the same iron rod that was held over Texas. His Excellency the
Governor, in his message before quoted, very plainly says that he
cannot sustain the constitution and laws of the State against military
encroachments, without compromitting the public tranquillity
in the highest degree-which is saying, in substance, that a
resistance by force was the only alternative left to him, and this he
was not authorized to adopt, without the previous sanction of the
Legislature. His Excellency, therefore, did all he could without
an open declaration of war against the military.
In this state of things, the citizens, goaded to desperation by
military despotism on the one hand, and seeing, on the other, that
the State Government had in vain made every effort of a pacific
nature to sustain itself, and protect them, considered that petitions
made on paper were useless-that they would in fact only have
given new opportunities to the military to ridicule and trample
upon the State authorities, and to rivet their chains more firmly.
The last and only remedy left to an oppressed people was then
resorted to, and, without any previous combination or organized
plans, a large number of citizens, moved by a common and simultaneous
influence, took up arms, and marched to Anahuac, to release
the prisoners whom Bradburn had illegally confined, to reestablish
the Ayuntamiento of Liberty, and to prove to him that
the authorities of the State of Coahuila and Texas could not any
longer be trampled upon with impunity by the military power.
Such were the causes, and the only ones, which produced the attack
upon Juan Davis Bradburn, at the military post of Anahuac.
Nothstanding the efforts of the administration of Bustamente
to conceal the situation of things, the people by this time had
learned that the exercise of military despotism was not confined to
Texas, but that the whole Republic was governed by the same iron
sceptre; that the same causes which had disturbed the public
tranquillity here, had roused the spirit of the free and enlightened
Mexicans in every part of this great confederation; and that, on the
2d Jannary last, the heroic city of Vera Cruz had pronounced in
favor of the constitution and laws, headed by the distinguished
patriot Gen. Don Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna; and being convinced
that the last hope of Liberty, and the principles of the rep.
resentative Democratic Federal system, depended on the success
of the Liberal Party, of which Santa Anna was the leader, the citi
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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/m1/213/: accessed March 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .