The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945

Letters and Documents
Dr. JohI Sibley awd the ouisiava-texas
Jrahticr, 1803-11/4
JULIA KATHRYN GARRETT
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Letter 20
Natchitoches Feby. 9th 1811
Sir
In a letter I wrote you dated Jany. I mentioned Something
of what was understood here to have taken place relative to a
general Revolution in the Kingdome of Mexico.- On the 5
Inst. a Mr Edward Quick arrived here from Nacogdoches and
gave me at my own house the following information.83 that on
the 31st of Jany. last Arrived at Nacogdoches an Officer Called
Captain Syce [Saenz]" with about Eighty Cavalry or mounted
Infantry from Monterey on this Side of Mexico. On his Arrival
at Nacogdoches he immediately Arrested & Confined in Irons
the late Commedant of that place, took possession of the public
Archives, the Treasury & proclaimed the Government of the
Spanish Monarchy at an end. & that he was Come to take pos-
session of that place in the Name of the free Independent Gov-
ernment of the people, he Opened the Prison & released all
3Jimenez, sent to revolutionize the northern provinces, had succeeded
in Nuevo Santander, Coahuila, and Nuevo Le6n. In December, 1810, he
made Saltillo his headquarters, whence by means of propaganda and
agents, he promptly revolutionized the settlements of the Rio Grande
and Texas. On January 21, 1811, Juan Bautista Casas, a retired captain
in Bexar, having been converted by Jimenez's propaganda, rebelled,
imprisoned Governor Salcedo, Herrera, commander of the military forces,
and twelve officers, seized Spanish property, and declared that Texas
was free from the rule of European Spaniards. "The trial of Father Juan
Salazar," Historia Independiente, MS., vol. 412, A.G.N.
84Sibley refers to Antonio Saenz, a lieutenant sent by the rebels of
Nuevo Santander to San Antonio with plans to revolutionize Texas. He
was imprisoned by Governor Salcedo; but, when the royal authority was
overturned by the rebel Casas and Salcedo imprisoned, Sienz was freed,
and sent to establish the revolutionary regime in Nacogdoches. Alta
Traicin Contra Don Juan Baptista Casas Capitdn retirado por haber
alzado la vos de la insurreccin en esta San Fernando de Bixar a 22 de
Enero-. MS., Nacogdoches Archives, Texas State Library.

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