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Austin's Opinion of the Remonstrance


     Stephen F. Austin, prior to his imprisonment in 1833, was a staunch supporter of peace and of Texas' position as part of Mexico.  He was a in favor of the Federalist Constitution of 1824 and was doing all that he could in the trying year of 1832 to get behind the different ayuntamientos of Texas to push for the government of Mexico to address the problems of Texas.  In these two letters, we see Austin making the effort first to convince the ayuntamiento of Bexar to submit a list of grievances to the government, and then applauding them for doing so.  It is widely believed that Austin was instrumental in the framing of the remonstrance since he was present in Bexar at the time of its writing.


Stephen F. Austin to Samuel M. Williams Dec 6, 1832[1]

The Ayuntamiento is now in session on this matter to appoint a committee to draw up the remonstrance, and I am of opinion that the [most impatient man] in Texas, will have no reason [to say that] it is too mild. The object is to form a list of all the insults offered to Texas, and all her grievances and to demand full satisfaction. If it is not granted, Texas can then say to Coahuila and to the world---we were insulted and oppressed---we asked redress---it was refused, and we have redressed ... [ If we succeed] in getting this Ayuntamiento to [pass] this remonstrance, as I have pro[ posed] and as we agreed to in the conference [yester]day, it will place Texas on much better ground than to go into the measure now, and it will unite this place and La Bahia firmly with the balance of Texas, for they will be so compromised that there will be no backing out, even if they wished to do so; which they will not, for they are as anxious for a separation as we are, but wish to show to the world that they are right, and stand on just ground in case force must ultimately be resorted to. I will return as soon as this matter is concluded.


Stephen F. Austin to David G. Burnet Jan 15, 1833[2]

...[the Bexareños] have taken a bold stand for Texas...in very energetic terms.  This document will be of great use to Texas for it recapitulates all our grievances and the violations of the Constitution etc.  This from the ancient capital of Texas and from native born Mexicans will burn bright all over the nation.



[1] Barker, Eugene C. “Native Latin American Contribution to the Colonization and Independence of Texas” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 46 (April, 1943) p.317-35

[2] Tomerlin, Jacqueline Beretta ed., Fugitive Letters, 1829-1836 Stephen F Austin to David G Burnet, p.25