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: 36 of 227
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HISTORY OF THE
party strife in the United States, they had emigrated to
Texas in search of peace and quiet, as well as a more
genial soil and a milder clime. The peaceful dense
groves, which they there found,-the extended verdant
prairies, where the primitive repose of Nature was only
here and there disturbed by the settler's axe, or by the
lowing of his cattle on the prairie,-more than satisfied
them-they were delighted with the land of their
adoption; and, grateful for the liberal boon which had
been bestowed upon them by the Mexican Government,
they were anxious to preserve the harmony which had
hitherto, for the most part, existed between themselves
and that Government. But peace was not now at the
option of the Colonists, unless by an entire surrender of
rights which in childhood they had been taught, and in
manhood believed, to be sacred; which they esteemed
of vital importance to their welfare, as a people, and
which, having always enjoyed, they valued as highly as
life itself. Such rights they could not surrender, and
such were now trampled upon by the authorities, especially
the military, of Mexico; and the constitution
and laws of the country seemed to be entirely disre.
garded. This state of things, which had now become
intolerable, had been in progress for more than a year.
The first overt act of the military in Texas was the
arrest and imprisonment, in 1831, of a Commissioner,
appointed by the Government of the State of Coahuila
and Texas to put certain emigrants in possession of
lands which had been previously opened to Colonization
by the General Government. The imprisonment of
this Commissioner was by the order of the Commandant
General of the Eastern Province of Mexico, because
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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/m1/36/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .