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    [Stephen F. Austin]. Ramon Musquiz Letter Signed. Four pages, 8" x 17.75", in Spanish, Bexar [San Antonio], March 7, 1833. Writing to the Ayuntamiento of Goliad, the political chief of the Department of Texas, he here transmits a transcription of a letter sent to the alcalde of San Felipe de Austin one week earlier in response to letters "delivered by Citizen Estevan F. Austin," regarding a call for the formation of a junta by some citizens of Texas, in part: "neither this office nor the Supreme Powers can make out what the pretension of those colonists are, but it is clear that they are causing trouble and that they also involve the Mexican towns that have always lived peacefully, and with these proceedings force us - who are in charge of taking care of the strict obedience of the law - to dictate orders rather strong and possibly take other measures, very much against our desires. . . .We should be of the understanding that the Mexicans living in Texas are aware, as well as the colonists, of what has to be done to improve conditions." The "troublemakers" were asking for the creation of a junta and Musquiz asks for them to lay out, "clearly and concisely, just what the functions of that Junta are supposed to achieve . . . this way the desires of those inhabitants can be met . . . and we would not have the pain of seeing our adopted brothers get away from their vows to observe the law by which they have laid the foundation for their livelihood . . . and this all is possible by the reconciliation between the contending armies that has produced a wonderful plan at the Hacienda de Zavaleta." Usual folds. Two .5" tears at the edges of both leaves. Slight staining at the corners. Ink bleed-through. Text is bright.

    In 1828, Ramon Musquiz was appointed political chief of the Department of Texas by the governor of Coahuila y Tejas and served until 1834. He was favorable to the U.S. citizens immigrating into Texas by helping them keep their slaves and by protecting them against hostile Indians. Despite his friendliness to Texas, his loyalties remained with Mexico and he assisted with the negotiations between the Mexican Army and the Texian Army in San Antonio. Present at the Alamo, he helped identify the Texas dead.

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