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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Notes and Documents

mother? Hiram eventually moved to Texas, though it is not
clear exactly when. August Santleben, listing the prominent in-
habitants of San Antonio, 1845-1857, shows: "McLane, H. H." and
"McLane, ----." Hiram owned the Circle Dot Ranch on the
outskirts of San Antonio. In 1890, he sold his ranch to the Cham-
berlain Investment Company which laid out Alamo Heights.1o
Apparently the Civil War treated William McLane rather
poorly. In 187o he had only $20,000 worth of property and a
personal estate of $500.11 William died on his ranch on the out-
skirts of San Antonio on May 1 or May 11, 1873 (the frontis-
piece of Irene Viesca gives one date and the preface gives the
other) .
The historical background of the Magee-Gutierrez Expedi-
tion has been well presented by Garrett and Warren; therefore
only a brief sketch is included here.
Napoleon's invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in 1807 weak-
ened Spain's hold on her American colonies. Mexico was the last
to feel the ground swell of rebellion. In 1810-1811 under the
leadership of Father Hidalgo, the revolutionaries in Mexico made
good progress but then fell on adverse days. In the revolutionary
army, Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara served as a lieutenant-
colonel. When the reverses set in, Gutierrez was sent to recruit
along the Rio Grande. On learning of the death of Hidalgo,
Gutierrez determined to carry on. He went to Washington to
seek aid from the United States. There he was received by James
Monroe, Secretary of State. What happened between them is not
certain. In a memorial presented to the Mexican Congress in
1815, Gutierrez claimed that Monroe had insisted on the annexa-
tion of Texas to the United States as the price of official support
and when Gutierrez refused, had promised 1o,ooo muskets.
9McLane, Irene Viesca, preface; History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington
Counties, Indiana (Chicago, 1884), 247; Lawrence County, Indiana, Marriages
(microfilm, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana); U.S. Census, Lawrence
County, Indiana, 1850 (microfilm, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana),
XIV, 78o.
10August Santleben, A Texas Pioneer; Early Staging and Overland Freighting
Along the Frontiers of Texas and Mexico (New York, 1910), 289; Monte Barrett,
"Introduction," in Alice O'Grady, The Argyle Cook Book (San Antonio, 1940),
11U. S. Ninth Census, 1870, Returns of Schedule 1, Population, for Bexar County,


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