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partment, who was then in this town, and equally anxious to preserve
the public tranquillity; and who, we are assured, is as much
opposed to military encroachments as any other man in the community.
It will also be remembered that the Ayuntamiento had
no means of acquiring information as to the true state of things in
the interior of this Republic, the only newspaper that was permitted
to reach here through the Post-Office Department was the Ministerial
"( Registro Official." Under these circumstances, this body
used every effort to preserve good order and keep the settlers from
participating in the present civil war; and it is probable that these
efforts would have been successful, had not events been precipitated
in the manner they have been by the tyrannical and illegal acts of
Col. Bradburn. But now, as public opinion has expressed itself
in the most decided and unequivocal manner, in favor of the plan
of Vera Cruz, the same reasons which prevented the Ayuntamiento
from taking an early lead in this question, have impelled that body
to unite with the people in adhering to said plan; which reasons
are, the preservation of harmony, and the advancement of the general
good, which can alone be effected by the most perfect union.
No. 3.--Extract from the Petition of the People of Texas to
the General Congress of the United Mexican States.
Our misfortunes pervade the whole territory-operate upon the
whole population; and are as diversified in character, as our public
interests and necessities are various. Texas, at large, feels and
deplores an utter destitution of the common benefits which have
usually accrued from the worst system of internal government,
that the patience of mankind ever tolerated. She is virtually
without a government-and if she is not precipitated into all the
unspeakable horrors of anarchy, it is only because there is a re.
deeming spirit among the people, which still infuses a moral energy
into the miserable fragments of authority that exist among
us. We are perfectly sensible that a large portion of our population,
usually denominated " the Colonists," and composed of An.
glo-Americans, have been greatly calumniated before the Mexican
Government. But could the honorable Congress scrutinize strict.
ly into our real condition; could they see and understand the
wretched confusion in all the elements of Government which we
daily feel and deplore; our ears would no longer be insulted, nor
our feelings mortified, by the artful fictions of hireling emissaries
from abroad, nor by the malignant aspersions of disappointed mili.
tary commandants at home.
Our grievances do not so much result from any positive misfea.
sance on the part of the present State Authorities, as from the total
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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/m1/215/: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .