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: 53 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
did not answer the purpose of the State Legislature: it
wanted money to defray its own expenses, and accord.
ingly proceeded to pass the proposed law. Speculators
were present at Monclova to purchase the land; among
them, unfortunately, were Texans, and they were the
principal purchasers; and upon them, and, through
them, upon the people of Texas generally, has fallen
the odium of this great land speculation. The few
citizens of Texas who were engaged in this specula.
tion, were undoubtedly much in fault; but the fact is
not generally known, that the principal fault of this, as
well as other partial and odious, if not unconstitutional,
sales of the public domain of Texas, is to be charged to
the people of Coahuila, and not to those of Texas.
Coahuila, by her preponderance in the State Legislature,
had almost entire jurisdiction over the public domain
of Texas; hence, and because she had little pub.
lic land of her own, she was opposed to the separation
of Texas. Before that separation should take place,
she wished to sell, and did, from time to time, sell large
tracts of Texas land-generally in 11 league tracts-to
her own citizens, that they might resell, and better
Military force was the order of the day in Mexico.
When the sale of the 411 leagues of land was announced,
Santa Anna was near by, quelling an insurrec.
tion, or rather destroying the constitutional rights and
liberty of the people, in Zakatecas. Cos, commandant
general of the Eastern provinces, was ordered on from
Matamoras with a force to disperse the obnoxious Le.
gislature at Monclova. This he did, and imprisoned
several of the members and the governor of the State.
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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/m1/53/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .