Stephen F. Austin on the need for Texas Rangers, 1823
Stephen F. Austin wrote:
"The roads are full of errant thieves united with the Indians, and without a small force of mounted troops to clean-up and guard them, I cannot respond to the security of travelers .... If it is possible to permit me to continue in service the 14 men and augment them with 10 more and a Sergeant, I can respond to the security of the roads."
----- Stephen F. Austin, explaining to Mexican authorities why he needed to continue the employ of the first force of Texas Rangers, November, 1823
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.