D. W. Anthony to Stephen F Austin, 01-25-1833
Summary: Explaining his editorial policy.
Your favr of the
For the sake of appearing united, and by that very means
producing union, I have Endeavoured to give to Every measure broached
and acted upon in a way that it might have an influence on the main
current of our affairs, such a face as would not disgrace us by
Exposing our situation, agitated with dissention, and rendered
contemptible by division and inconsistency. It has been my leading wish, to
Keep up a belief of unanimity on all important points, and to bring
as large a volume of the public mind to the support of whatever
course the Central Committee should adopt, as it would be possible
to do. This idea is very material abroad, and is the only foundation
of confidence intertained of the redemption of the country—if
smothered or rendered doubtful, the population of the country will be
checked, and all its hopes darkened. You say the tone of my paper
has been rather anti Mexican, and that I ought to change it. I do
not think I have said any thing that should wound them as a
people—on the contrary I have when speaking of the liberal party
always puffed them. To be sure I have not said much about them,
for I know too little to Enable me [to] say any thing in their favour,
that would not be inconsistent with our own acts and declarations.
As to the mere tone of the paper, it is not so Easy to change without
the detection of inconsistency as might be thought. The tone of the
paper has been caught from, and formed by the events that have
occured, and the circumstances and necessary feelings which surround
us—and some occurence or new event must serve as a hinge upon
which to turn even the tone of
my remarks from the general tenor
of our conduct. If communications were introduced not too much
varying in substance from the drift of the public feeling, or the
expectation, or rather belief of what that is, abroad, invested with such
a glossy colouring of true and loyal Mexicanism as to answer the
purpose you desire, I could yield better to that, than to no obvious
cause, in departing from what has at least appeared to Chime with
the united feelings of the people. I dropt you a few hasty remarks
a day or two since, in reply to your letter by Bradly which with these,
will inform you how I feel disposed on the subject of our politics.
Without consistency we have no influence-—Without influence we
can do no good.
Grayson has not yet come, but I have reason to expect him every week. Dr. Archer is at the mouth of the river on a health expedition. I hope they "may be of some use to us in the work we have before us, as you suggest.
In relation to the correction of the proof sheets of the Remonstrance, I have to answer that you will either have to come down for that purpose, or leave it to me and Cotton, for Eckle is sick. The translation cannot be well made here, and I shall therefore expect the one you made. Wherefore do you wish it copied? your hand writing is very plain.
When shall I come up on the subject of land ? or will it be necessary at all. I shall send my brother up before the Commissioner leaves—I have two here just from the College walls, and will make useful Citizens of them by learning them to print a little—You must give them a piece of land, for that was the promise upon which they came. On the subject of P Green, he wishes to know, if a petition could not be sent down to him to sign which would answer the purpose without his presence?