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: 45 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
the petition, except in so far as it exhibits difficulties
and grievances not already noticed. The petitioners
respectfully represented that Coahuila and Texas were
dissimilar in soil, climate, and productions-in common
interests-and partly in population; that the represen.
tatives of the former were numerous, and those of the
latter few-in consequence, any law passed especially
to the benefit of Texas, was the effect only of a gene.
rous courtesy; that laws well adapted to promote the
interests of Coahuila might be ruinous to Texas; that
protection from Indian depredations was of vital importance
to Texas, and that a wide intervening wilder.
ness was an insuperable barrier in the way of her re.
ceiving efficient aid from Coahuila; that the Indians
in their neighborhood, owing to the tardy, partial mea.
sures of the Government, and the dishonesty of her
agents, had not been fairly dealt with; and that, as a
State, Texas would be able to take prompt and efficient
measures in their behalf.
Though the people of Texas had doubtless good and
sufficient reasons for desiring a separation of Texas
from Coahuila, yet the policy of petitioning the Gene.
ral Government for the accomplishment of that object,
at the time of the existence in Mexico of great jealousy
and distrust of the people of Texas, was, in the opinion
of Gen. Austin, more than questionable; for he repre.
sents, that an excitement had been got up in favor
of a State Government by "political fanatics," and
those in favor of "high-handed measures with the
Government," and that himself had been placed in the
"alternative of yielding,-of opposing by means of
party divisions,-or of leaving the country."
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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/m1/45/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .