Stephen F Austin to Ramon Musquiz, 11-15-1832
Summary: Thinks it impolitic to publish Musquiz's address to Ayuntamiento of San Felipe concerning the convention. Thinks convention has done some good in quieting excitement. Outlook for Mexico dark.
Most Esteemed Friend. I agree with the sentiments expressed in
your appreciable letter of the
As to your communication to the Ayuntamiento in relation to the
meeting, I believe that it would have been better, not to have written
"Revolutionary times are not like peaceable times." Colonel
Bradburn could with the least prudence, have avoided all these
evils: I tell you candidly that in my opinion, it would be very
impolitic to translate, and print your communication, I shall not
do so. The Ayuntamiento may do as they please: In times like the
present, any measure is bad, that tends to irritate, and produce
excitement,—any measure is good that tends to soothe, and to
preserve order and peace.
I have but little hope of obtaining anything from the Government of Mexico; there is little probability that we may have a stable and peaceable government, for some time yet, and I believe that Texas is lost if she takes no measure of her own for her welfare. I incline to the opinion, that it is your duty as first Magistrate, to call a general meeting to take into consideration the situation of the Country. I do not know how the State, or General Government can presume to say that the people of Texas have violated the Constitution, when the acts of both Governments have killed the Constitution, and when the confederation itself has hardly any life left. I cannot approve the principle, that the people have not the right to assemble peaceably and honorably to represent their wants. In short, the condition of Texas is bad, but we may fear to see it still worse.
I am settling up all my business and in