The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903

Queries and Answers.

Soon after I became acquainted with Colonel Bean he showed
me his autobiography, and we read it together-a fair sized volume
in manuscript. He requested me to edit and publish it. This I
was in no condition to do. Afterwards he requested me to go to
Mexico for him, and take letters to the government officials, com-
plaining of their leaving him in prison so long, and demanding the
payment to him of about twenty thousand dollars, which he said
was due him from the government for his services, and also to take
letters to his wife at Jalapa. This I declined to do.
While I knew him he lived on terms of amity with his neighbors,
apparently as much as any other Texan.
I ought probably to mention that, though a native of the United
States, he had become an officer of prominence in the Mexican
army, and was on duty in Coahuila and Texas when the Revolution
broke out. While in Mexico, he married a sister of one of the Mex-
ican generals. She had a fine estate near Jalapa, and it was to her
he returned after leaving Texas.
The acceptance of a parole from an officer of Texas, as a Mexican
prisoner, and his purpose to require Mexico to pay for his services,
indicate that he was not in sympathy with the Texas Revolution.
His living in Texas so long during and after the Revolution, in
amity with the people, and his obtaining a headright for land as a
citizen of Texas, would tend to a different conclusion.
JOHN H. REAGAN,
Palestine, Texas.

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