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: 48 of 227
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HISTORY OF THE
that Austin, during his imprisonment in Mexico, in his
communications to the people of Texas, warned them
to beware of "inflammatory men, political fanatics,
and political adventurers." That such there were in
Texas, is admitted generally by the Texans themselves ;
and that there should have been such, is no matter of
wonder in a community recently formed and constantly
forming, of very discordant elements, and ere yet there
had been time for general unanimity of sentiment and
of action. But then it should be borne in mind, that
there were some of the most respectable and talented,
as well as influential men of Texas, who at this time
not only believed, with Austin, that Texas might justly
provide for herself, but were disposed to csize at once
the reigns of Government, and rid themselves of the
uncertainty, if not the insecurity, of their situation.
The people of Texas generally, however, were dis.
posed to peace, preferring to endure grievances, though
great, in the hope of ultimate redress in a peaceable
way, rather than risk the loss of every thing by a col.
lision with the General Government. Gen. Austin, in
all his letters from Mexico, though he expressed the
opinion that the oppressive acts of the Mexican Government,
considered in connection with the revolu.
tionary state of the interior of the Republic, and the
absolute want of a local Government in Texas, would
justify the people in organizing of themselves a State
Government; and, if opposed in separating themselves
from Mexico, yet aware that a great majority of the
people were in favor of peace, if not from principle, yet
from interest, constantly recommended it, and in the
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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/m1/48/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .