Matagorda Bulletin. (Matagorda, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 16, Ed. 1, Wednesday, November 15, 1837 Page: 2 of 4
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original land law passed 22d December 1386. On
motion of Mr. Gazlcy the house adjourned until 3
o'clock P. JI.
3 o'clock p. jr.
House met pursuant to adjournment. Sir. Thomp-
son asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill re-
lative to the Auditor settling the accounts of per-
sons who have died in the service of the count ry&.c. :
passed to a second reading. Mr. Cunningham asked
and obtained leave to introduce a bill relative to
laying out a state road from Mina to lied River:
passed to a second reading. On motion of Mr. Gaz
lcy the house went into committee of the whole on
the bill rcguluating elections. Mr. I! ranch in the
chair. The bill was read by sections amended and
passed when on motion of Mr. Rusk the committee
rose reported the bill as amended and askd to be
discharged from its further consideration. On mo
tion of Mr. Thompson the house adjourned until
10 o'clock to-monow morning.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15 1S37.
Cc-All Letter;" directed to Texas from the Uni-
ted States should be post piid and directed to the
care of J. Brent Clark New Oi leans.
During our temporary absence of a few weeks
from town the Bulletin is left in charge of a gentle-
man ably qualified for the station our subscribers
we feel assured will not regret the change. Every
thing of interest within the range of our observa-
tion shall be communicated. Ed.
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Dollars the pnper will be regularly mailed or sent
by private conveyance a" they shall direct.
To the Editor of the Matagoida Bulletin.
Aflcr four previous attempts to visit
Texas and nine days northern opposition in this
having experienced two severe gales from llml quar
ter I bad the pleasure of entering your beautiful
bay in the brig Good Hope on Friday the 3id insl.
having crossed the bar without a pilot under the
auspicics of the civil vigilant and truly fortunate
I congratulate you Sir and through you. every
man in Texas on the bright prospects the glorious
destiny of your so recently enslaved so signally
emancipated country. You have done more in a
shorter timewith less means Ihanany people of whom
we have htard in History Chronicle nr Legend:
Yes Sir! with a few dozens of men and muskets and
a bag of corn your country has lilted the gauntlet
thrown down by Mexico met her legions under the
"Napoleon of the West" assisted by a regiment ofi
officers nurtured in the camp bred to war and routed
them in the onslaugh of San Jacinto; which event
is so replete with important consequences that a
hostile bayonet influenced by Mexico will never
again cross the Rio Grande. This Sir I have said
in "Bishop's Hotel" on the 2nd of May 1SCG the
day in which we heard of your glorious victory; and
notwithstanding the threats of Bustamcntc cverj
. day strengthens my belief in the truth of this allow
inc to say prophetic assertion.
In my life I never felt so truly independent as 1
have done this morning when walking out on your
highland prairie in sight of the sea and breathing the
refreshing gales that are so usual and so healthful in
this country. A man can scarcely call himself inde-
pendent whilst his whole domain consists of thirty
feet front by one hundred and twenty deep paying
five prices for every article of food with dust clatter
and annoyance every day to contend with; but when
it consists of Nature's own parksrich beyond belief
to those who have not seen them its boundary
the visible horizon; its depth the centre of the
earth; its tenure while the world lasts: every fish
and fowl and fawn all the flocks and herds with
which itabonndshis: it is then yes! it is thens
when mounted on his own charger his blooming boy
by his side bounding over his own prairies snuffing
the morning breeze and drinking health therefrom;
conscious that neither fire nor flood nor failurcnor
ahipwrecknorbnnk-robbercan injurchim: I say it is
then he can exclaim with confidence and truth "1 am
an independent man !"
But there are many who sayv ''Texas is so far
away such a distance from home;" these are pue-
rile objections. Where is where ought to be my
home ? Is it ought it to be in a country where I
can raise but one partial crop in a year; where the
ear of corn grows within six inches of the surface of
' the earth; where winter reigns seven months in the
twelve; where on the first of January I have to
'icalk cat from an upper story (if I have one) to dig
away the snow before I can open my door; where
ague and consumption are more fearful and fatal
than the yellow and billious fevers of the south;
' where I am liable to be frozen to death; where I
u must work at hard labor twelve month m the year
Frequently neither com floor nor toy Mad of bread.
when my mule or ox can work but Jive! where I am
more enslaved than mv own domestic animals !
where in spite of my best efforts my sheep dies in
the fold my cow at the stall and where I must pound
the rocks up to get a place to phnt my cabbage
stalk! I say ought this to be my home? Am I a
good falhcrif I bring up my child there? am I a good
neighbor if I neglect to influence my fellow citizen
to abandon such a country without deliiyor one look
behind save to mourn for the infatuation and want
of foresight ofthose that icmain?
Sir I need not say what ardthe ar.swcrsof every in-
telligent man to these qucsiions.
On the subject of the annexation of these fertile
rejoins to the United Slates rf the North there arc
many and douhllc.good men who still adhere to
the old heresy "Increase to us is ruin" "our coun-
try is too large already fcc." This is equally child-
ish with Ihc-former assertion. To such ( wouldsay
Gentlemen! have vou ever heard of that great tno'
dcrn innovator a Rail-Road? of its benefits and
blessings? how it annihilates distnnce banishes sec-
tional jealousies fraternises the people? Do you
not know that empire is fist progressing Westward?
Can you not sec that the people who own AmcrcaV
great artery the Mississppi be them of whatsoever
language or connliy iiiey may. A"y must inevitably
own Texas: and that the mad ranting. i!n vnin of-
rHBfAini!i.:... c. :.... r.i-T. ' i -
M'Moui ..iwuiiiuijiai? luiiu i u.j iiiuiaiiuu SKimaii'iaicu
statesmen will hate no other effect than to pircipi-
tatc the event? Does any man amongst you who
lays the least claim to any portion of common sense
suppose that a slake or tree situated upon an ima-
ginary line one shaving of which is in the United
States that the other can lie in a foreign country
Can you bo so stupid as to suppose that a people
liviug on cither side of this line speaking the same
language living under the same laws influenced by
fi.n .... . r .i - 'i i . .i 'ship in which the two Revolutions stand to each
Inc same prejudices the same uloou running in their ...
..:. .11 i .1 it ' i other. Nav more if I must confess all the truth
veins and whose native healths and hoary sires aid ' .
. . it- ..! the pitnotsol '70 were inliuiieisnpon the soil the
the same will beser ruled bv such a barrier as this? i .. ' '
v- n .i i .i e . r - . i . I people of Texas were invited gurMs. who a hired
iNo Ucnilcnicu! the fiat of mature has proiiounceu i ' ' ... - .
' ' 1 1... i. i.i i:.! ... r i..... .:r..i r.t:1..i:..
it otherwise and you may reconcile yourselves to
the fact with as much complaicency as you may for
it is certain to take place ere long.wid I repeat that
evert' exertion nl' vnnrs to llie contrary will null-
haste the event." Sir the ua.ur! boundary )e'.
tween the United Slates and a foreign country west
ward is the Rocky Mountains the Rio Grande and
the desart of an hundred miles wide that lies be-
tween thcNcuccs and that River and the man who
would vole in the negative ou the question of auncx-
lion who would refuse to round out the territoiy
of the United States and would permit any foreign
influence in this pait of the Gulph of Mexico is un-
worthy of the scathe docs or may occupy at Wash-
ington; for his opposition is influenced either by
guilt or ignorance; and in cither case I aver that
he is unworthy of the honor ami itatiun of an Ame-
rican Sialaman. This Sir I say would be my
language to those deluded men could I meet with
them; but as I cannot! trust that these remarks
may reach their cars and understandings through
the medium of your paper.
There are many who oppose the annexation on
llie ground tint the principal part of the inhabitants
arc " Liud-Piralcs and Robbers"'' "Fleers from
wholesome socictyr "Men wiio could not live
where there are Laws" &c. &c.;f I mns! say. Sir
that I have not seen any such description of persons
since my arrival here. The people arc hut few but
they look well; they arc civil intelligent bland
nmteful; and as it respects safety of properly and
person I can affirm that valuable goods remain in
the Streets all lligllt Unmolested; and do Venture the l
assertion that there is not this day. a JJowic-Kiiife
dirk or pistol upon the person of any individual in
this town; and I can see no other "land-piralcs" than
men who are honestly seeking to benefit their con-
dition; many of whom arc industrious farmers kind
fathers who wish before they die to acquire a home-
stead which when divided among their children
will make a decent patrimony for each. Sir if this
be guilt I cannot recognise it as such. Such then
are the calumnies so frequently put forth and such.
I am happy to say are the proofs of them.
There are others who curl the lip and say "There
is no comparison between the 'Revlution ol '70' and
that of '30" and assume a sort of honest indignation
against the man who could have "the hardihood to
make any such comparison" or "speak of it in the
same way:" I agree with those patriotic gentlemen
in the "no comparison" the wide disparity of the.
two cases but the whole of this ditference I claim
for the new Republic. In Nov. '35 1 proclaimed in
Now York that "The cause of Texas was in all res-
pects as exciting as that of Greece or Poland" that
'it was in no wise less patriotic pure and holy than
that in which Henry thundered and Warren died."
I do not now say so I agree with these gentlemen in
saying "there is no comparison" but in the spirit of
kindness I would beg leave to submit the following
J 1 am pieined lo And that the ttcplt of Texa ire rot conKlmn
of deMrrlni; auch epltlitu and r wjrprW IDat ll'eir hrcilnti) pf
the United Stater ihould M o unjencrom u litem nen iney have
alnava LtrrlUnc Uuded any nation or peo!c ulio Here Hru;?llng
for 111 at lai for tl.oae rljlita that the countrymen of Waihln;-
un mgkt to have and mil hare.
questions for their unbiased and quiet consideration:
What were the requirements what was the lan-
guage of England to the Colonies in '70? Was the
language not this "Be governed by the laws of Al
fred revised by men who arc acknowledged to have
been the lights of the world; pay on our terms three
additional pence upon a pound of tea which pound
many of you do not use in a year and just say 'God
save the King!' do but these little things and we
are not only not your enemies but your friends and
brothers! we arc your support and stay and in the
day of danger we will be your buckler and from all
harm we will protect you:" I say was not this in
effect the language of England to the patriots of '70? f
Now what was the language of Santa Anna and
his satraps to the patriotsof '30? Was it not this:
"You may talk of Reformations and of Reformed
Laws but you shall taste none nf them other than
that which I shall decree: I am your ruler your chief'
you must not move contrary to my will; my cabi-
net council is composed of pious monks with cowls
over their faces; you must not think or if you do you
must nut give utterance to your thoughts if they
should be in opposition to my decrees; the tenure
by which you hold your lives and properties is my
will alone! you must obey ill all things else 1 wil'
drive you into the Sabine; I will sweep you from
uc "- S!1"' " 1US" coii.ammaic u
was not this in eilbct the language of Santa Anna
to the Tcxtsiis? 1 aver that it was. Now by cs ma-
ny times as tne requirements of Mexico were more
intolerant than those of England just so many times
was the revolution in Texas more urgent more ne-
cessary more called for by the laws of reform which
in our language. I understand to be a verb neuter
which signifies "to grow be Iter''' And in the ratio
that a splendid plantation stands ton' piccaillon"'
(to three pence) siich 1 conceive to he the relalion-
iJ IIIU UlllllUISIJIIIUIllS Ul u UL-ilUHllH VUIISIIltlllUll
which they thought would be permanent and con-1 hi the County of Matagordn RepuLIic of Texas
lidmg in the compact thus proclaimed to the world. has filed her petition praying to be appointed Cu-
ll ir .t.ntr n.mni.l rfc il.oir fin-.:.! .-.ml I nilrfx of the Afreet? SStail of srtid Andrew Mitch-
Triends and all the endearments of their ; 7.'
anu trusting io .iitx't'tin prouuy umi minor wiiii
their wives and little children and all Iheir worldly
goods after much tribulation weary travel and inr
miiieiit perils they laid themselves dowti to rest on
the plains of Tczas with the panther the puma the
wild-cat and the Indian to keep them vigils of tho
night! The result is known 'lis glorious! and yet
there are men Americans by birth and profess to
be such in principle who unbliisliingly declare that
the people of Texas are guilty! and that the revolu-
tion was uncalled for ! ! "Oh temporal oh mores!'
Oh Justice! to what regions hast thou flown hast
thou left the earth forever!
It was my intention to have added to thisirliclc
a pair of spectacles for John Q. Adams and the
llcv. Dr. Cliniining and their abcllois through which
their j'uiudiccd eyes might see a picture of Texas
under Mexican misrule twenty vears hence and
Ten3 un(cr he rc cncrin Vfluencc of Amcri-
can enterprise twenty years hence but I see that
this letter is perhaps already too long for which I
crave a boon and am Dear Sir
Your obed't servant
Matagorda Nov. 0 1S37.
t Tlie Ions lit of pilrvancfsfoali.ysct forth by the rantcr hand
of Mr. JeH'erson in H.r Perforation of Indepcinlcnrr compri'n
tlicnclsuf retaliation nitli uhicli Enslaml ll-ou-lit itii.rl.tlii vi:t
tirr Itel-cl ulnnieur nliirti rirv.iiirf- unnM nnl ttavt. t.t.l )..!
- lie people qmctl) wtliutmeJ lo tl.eri-nuirr.ne.itsinah.nci'iaiH.
Rktoiilic of Texas Couxtv op Matagorda.
rlUE Citizen B. SEGUINE has this day made
-" application to me to be appointed at the next
Term of the Probate Court of this county the Ad
ministrator of the vacant Succession of Daniel G.
Connor dee'd; therefore this will give YolicC
to all whom it may Concern that they must ap-
poar within J en Days Irom the date ot tins ioticc
and make opposiiionfif thev have any to offer) why
the said applicant shall not be appointed by filing
llietr objections with the Clerk ot the County Court
of this County. Thus I have decreed it acting ex-
officio Juge of Probate.
SINCLAIR D. GERVAIS
Judge of Probate.
Matagorda November 15. 1S37. 10 It
rjlHE UNDERSIGNED having been duly ap---
pointed by the Hon. the Court of Probate of
Matagorda County Curator ami Admi-
nistrator to the Succession of HUGHS WITT
dee'd and obtained an Order for Sale to sell the
Land Claims of the said dee'd will SELL before
the Court-House door in the Town of Matagorda
on the 11th day of December next all the Rights
and Titles of the said Hughs Witt dee'd to one
Third of a League of Land as a Settler of this Re-
public before the Declaration of the Independence
one Discharge for 320 Acres and 0-1 0 Acres as ha-
ving fallen in the battle of his country. Terms
nf Sale will bo on Credit of Twelve
Months with Bond and approved Security.
II. VANDEVEER. Curator
Matagorda November 1 1S37. . 15 tf
BY VIRTUE of and in pursuance with a decree-
of the Probate Court of the thirtieth day of
October last will bo SOLD at the CaUtt-
IlottSC Door in the county and town of Mata-
gorda on the first Monday of January next between
the hours of 10 and 4 o'clock of said day the two
following Tracts or Parcels of Land belonging
to the Succession of Jacob BettSjdecV: One Tract
of 600 Acres on Peach Creek and Caney near
the laic residence of William Kinchelop and the?
other Tract containing about 1660 AcfeS or
three eighths of a League and lies on the East side
of and on the Colorado River near the road Ieadin7
to Cayce's Ferry on said river and is a part of a half
league of land obtained by the said Betts as his
Head Rright as a Colonist of S. F. Austin's Colony.
On the day of Sale a Plot of said Tracts of Land
will be exhibited. TERJIS of Sale Twelve
Months Credit from the day of Sale the purchaser
giving Bond with approved Security. The land to
remain pledged until final payment.
MARY KINCIIELOE Adm'r.
Matagorda November 7 1837. 10 tds
"JJY virtue of an Order from the Hon. Sinclair D.
- Jervais Judge of Probate will be sold at Pub-
lic Auction at the Court-House Door in the Town
of .Matagorda. on tlloitd ay the twenty-seventh
day ol JNov. (Inst.) Unc Waggon three ivke of
Oxen and OncJIorsc belonging to the Succession of
Caleb R Bnostwick dee'd. TcrtilS of Sale-
Three Months Credit with approved Security.
ISAAC VANDORN Adm'r.
Matagorda. Nov. 1 1 1837. 1G tf
rrUK UNDERSIGNED having been dnly ap-
pointed Administrator at:d Curator of the Suc-
cession of Caleb R. Bostwick. dee'd hereby re-
quests all persoiis indebted to the Succession to
come furunid and make immediate payment; and
all persons having Claims on tho estate will pre
sent them duly authenticated within the time pre
scribed by uw or they will he forever barred.
JACOB VANDORN Adm'r.
Matagorda. November 11 1S37. 10 It
W-I1EREAS MARY MARGARET HOS
FOKD late; .Mary Margaret Mitchell wid-
ow of the late Andrew Mitchell dee'd who died
I ..II inlnclltn ! fn. 1 .llnr nP fiiHilnrpliin nn n.IJ
111 uiicauiiv. inu iui i.i;iti.ijvi wmiuiui3ijili uu aaiu
Succession : Public Notice is hereby given to all
persons whom it may concern to show cause (if any
they have) at my Office within Ten Days from the
publication hereof why the prayer of the petitioner
should not be granted otherwise she (the said pe-
titioner) will he appointed Curatrix of said Succes-
sion and letters of Curatorship cranted accordingly.
SINCLAIR D. JERVAIS
Judge of Probate.
Matagorda November li) li37. U) 2t
TO"OTICE is hereby given to the Public that in
- consequence of the death ol Andrew Mitchell
Esq.. one of the Aldeimen of lira Town and also
the absence of other members of the Body the is
suing of the Licenses contemplated in the Ordi
nance to be istucd en the 15ih instant will be
postponed until the first d.-y of December next.
Bv Order of the Pics:dein pro torn.
JAMES NORTON Sec'y.
Matagorda Nov. M. 1&37. 10 tf
Administrator $ Curator's Notice
rtnilK SUBSCRIBER having been duly appoint---
cd Administrator &. Curator of the Succession
of Joseph Hall tlccM. requests all persons
having Claims against said Succession to present
them duly authenticated within the time prescribed
by L-iw or they will be barred; and all persons in-
debted to said Succession will please make payment
without delay. THO M. DUKE Curator
Matagorda. November 8 1S37. 15 tf
Adm in istrator 4 Curator's Notice
THE SUBSCRIBER having been duly appoint-
ed Administrator and Curator of the Succes-
sion or JOHN CHILDRESS deceased requests
all persons having Claims against said Succession
to present them duly authenticated within the time
prescribed by Law or they will be barred; and all
persons indebted to said Succession will please
make payment without delay. A. B. FLEURY
Administrator & Curator.
Matagorda. October 31 1837. 11 tf
Adm'r and Curator's Notice.
fTlilE SUBSCRIBER having been duly appoint-
ed Administrator and Curator of the Succes-
sion of ROBERT STEWART deceased requests
all persons having Claims against said Succession
o present them duly authenticated within the time
prescribed by Law or thej will be barred; and all
persons indebted to said Succession will please
make payment without delay.
October 31 1S37. 14 tf
STRAYED or STOLEN from the Town of Mata-
gorda some time in the Month of July last a
Bright Bay Horse with a white face one
or more whitefect and branded with the letter K. on
the Left Shoulder about Fifteen Hands high and
eight or nine Years Old. When said Horse went
away he was the properly of the Hon. Iira Ixgbajt.
The above Reward will be given for the Horse and
no questions asked. SETH INGRAM.
Matagorda November 1; 1S37. 15 tf
KA BBLS. jnst received per brig' Good IIopo
9WW nnd for salr hv
HORTON & CLEMENTS.
Matagorda August 9 1837. ' " 3-tf
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