Stephen F. Austin to George Fisher, January 15, 1834
In 1830, the Mexican government passed a law prohibiting further Anglo-American immigration. They tried to enforce the measure militarily, and also imposed an unpopular tariff on Texans. This led to an uprising called the Anahuac Disturbances. These problems led to Austin taking sides in the latest Mexican upheaval and adopting the cause of Santa Anna in his takeover of the Mexican government.
Anglo Texans held conventions in 1832 and 1833 to petition for immigration to be opened up again, an exemption from the tariff, and statehood for Texas. Austin disagreed with the timing of the petitions, but he was selected nonetheless to go to Mexico City and present the petitions to Santa Anna. Austin thought his mission was a success. He persuaded the government to repeal the immigration ban and at least consider the Texans' other proposals. Then he headed for home, only to be arrested on the journey and brought back to Mexico City, charged with insurrection.
Austin's correspondent was George Fisher, who had taken over as empresario in the Nacogdoches area after Haden Edwards fled the scene. At the time of this letter, Fisher was publishing a liberal newspaper in Matamoros to the displeasure of the Mexican authorities.
Stephen F. Austin to George Fisher, January 15, 1834. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #1664. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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