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: 31 of 227
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In this difficulty, the Colonists were by no means implicated,
and yet it had a very perceptible effect in
diminishing the confidence of the Government of Mexico
in their loyalty. Troops began to be introduced
into Texas, but cautiously, in small numbers at differ.
ent times, to prevent alarm. Companies of from twelve
to twenty men were sent into the country, some ostensibly
to convey despatches, some specie, and some for
other purposes. These men did not return, but were
garrisoned at Nacogdoches, until, from sixty or seventy
men, the number there amounted to two hundred and
fifty. Soon the Government established other garrisons
in Texas, ostensibly to secure its revenue, and to protect
the Colonists from Indian depredations, but really,
as a leading object-as the Colonists well knew-to se.
cure its power in Texas. Yet they neither resisted nor
complained, until the power of the Government, thus
established, began to exhibit itself in acts of oppression.
Of these, the first was the decree of 1829, pro.
mulgated by Guerrero, then President of the Republic,
declaring all slaves throughout Mexico to be free.
This decree, as the reader will readily perceive, was in
violation of the vested constitutional rights of the Colonists,
and was evidently an act of high-handed op.
pression; for even had the laws been violated on the
part of the Colonists, by the introduction of slaves into
Texas, the proper redress would have been for the
Government to have put those laws into execution.
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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/m1/31/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .