Stephen F Austin to Thomas F. McKinney, 12-02-1834
Summary: Advice concerning state politics
Dr Sir, Don Ramos Arispe and D. Victor Blanco visited me
I am informed that the President considered this last clause to be
necessary for a final and amicable termination of this entangled business, by
refering it directly to the source and origin of power, the
people so as to
give a voice to the department of Saltillo which it had not in the
The object of the President is to terminate all the local disputes and give to every part of the State an unembarased voice in the election of all the public functionaries. This is certainly a most important and desirable object, and the means which have been adopted to attain it are probably the best if not the only ones that the confused State of the circumstances will admit.
Under this view I recommend that the people of Texas unanimously sustain the decission of the President and proceed without any hesitation or doubt to hold new elections in conformity with the orders that are to be circulated by the Govr of the State in conformity with said decission. It will be an honourable evidence of the disposition of those people to promote harmony and union with the other parts of the state.
I have no doubt that the persons who were elected in September last will cheerfully acquiesce in this measure, and I for one of them frankly say that I do so.
It is to be hoped that at the election care will be taken in each of the
departments in Texas to select as deputies to the legislature men
personally known to the people, familiar with their necessities, and closely
identified with them in property, interest, and
actual residence. There is little
doubt that representatives so circumstanced would be more likely to serve
the interests of their constituents than wiser men who do not reside among
In the selection of the other public functionaries the good sence of the people will of course lead them to choose men of strict probity impartiality and established character and principles who will attend impartially and honestly to the genl prosperity of every part of the state.
I expect that my affairs will terminate so as to enable me to reach
I wish you to show this letter to my friends and make such use of it as you think best for the attainment of the object which is harmony and union between all parts of the State and union in sustaining the measures of the President as to the new elections
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All is going well. The President Genl Santana has solemnly and
officially declared that he will sustain the
federal republican system as
established by the constitution of Now there
is and your evils are remidied. So that all ought now to unite in promoting
union and harmony with Coahuila and all parts of the State. These are
the opinions of your fellow citizen
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