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they were at that point, Molano, unbeknown to Jordan, received
a communication from Arista dated on October 11, in which
Molano was offered terms of capitulation to the government.
Molano answered with a long letter, dated on October 12, 1840,
wherein he outlined terms under which he and his officers would
be willing to come back to governmental obedience. He agreed
that the worst of the sins committed by the federalists was the
alliance with the Texans, whom he and his officers hated and
would always hate, but that the Mexican government had forced
that extreme act upon them. Molano expressed apprehensions,
however, when he considered how federalist blood had been shed
at Morelos, and how one of the abler officers had been decapi-
tated by the centralist forces. He continued,
if you, as we hope you will, shall act with good faith in this affair, we
promise on our word of honor, as Mexican citizens, and in the name
of our idolized and unfortunate country, that from this moment not
a single shot shall be fired by this division at a Mexican citizen. With
this understanding, we make the following propositions:
1st. Oblivion of the past for political dissentions, including in this
article all the Mexicans who have taken part in the revolution of
2nd. That the Mexican force shall march in a body to the neigh-
boring town, with such of their arms, horses, and equipage, as may
be necessary to the defence of their persons on the frontier.
3rd. That payment for the march be made to each person accord-
ing to his rank.
4th. Both parties pledge themselves not to ask for or receive, here-
after, assistance from the Texans.
5th. The letters of security to be issued to each individual shall be
signed by you and the other respectable chiefs, with a promise to
comply with and sustain their tenor.23
Arista answered this letter of Molano's with a counter-proposal,
to which Molano acceded. Arista demanded that the federalists
swear never to rebel against Mexico nor to recognize the inde-
pendence of Texas; that Molano and his soldiers would abandon
the "adventurers" among their ranks to their fate; and that the
federalists (Mexicans) would prove their loyalty to the national
28Molano and L6pez to Arista, October 12, 1840, reprinted from New Orleans
Bulletin, November 30o, 1840, in Austin City Gazette, December 16, 1840.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed April 20, 2014.