our country wantedjtp he stimulated to turn
out. T had pot" travelled far before I- met
five others, enquii ing for the before men-
tioned expresses, wishing to know how far
they were ahead. I remarked it took a
great many to bear expresses in that direc-
tion. I concluded that they were from the
army, and was surprised that men would
leave the field at this time to provide for the
safely of property or families while pur ar-
my was so far in advance.
I give you this information that you may
employ some means to remove the appre-
hensions of those so far distant from the
seat of war, and when the services of men
in the field are at this moment so much
InlW)Tgrflllieliarbil of the "Army'Ordcrs.'the
date March 2 was inserted instead or March 21; and to
remedy, as much as jpssible, this error, we now place
them in the columns of his paper.
Of a letter written by Col. Travis to a friend,
dated from, the Alamo, March 3d.
Dear Sir do me the favor to send the
enclosed to its proper destination instantly-
I am still here, in fine spirits, and well to
do. With 140 men I have held this place
10 days against a force variously estimated
from 1500 to 6000, and I shall continue to
hold it till Iget relief from my countrymen,
or I will perish in its defence. We have
had a shower of bombs and cannon balls
continually falling among us the whole time,
yet none of us have fallen. We have been
miraculously preserved. You have no doubt
seen my official report of the action of the
25th ult. in which we repulsed the enemy
with considerable loss: on the night of the
25th they made another attempt to charge
us in the rear of the fort ; but we received
-them gallantly, by a discharge of grape
HrrmrbiiuAlry, ami they look" to their
scrapers immediately. They are now en-
camped under entrenchments, on all sides
All our couriers have gotten out without
beins caught, and a company of 32 men
from Gonzales got in two nights ago, and
Col. Bonham got in to-day by coming be-
tween the powder house and the enemy's
Let the Convention go on and make a de-
claration of independence j and we will then
understand, and the world will understand
what we are fighting for. If independence
is notdeclaied, I shall lay down my arms
and so will the men under my command.
But under the flag of independence, we are
ready to peril our lives a hundred times a
day, and to dare the monster who is fight-
ing us under a blood-red flag, threatening
to murder all prisoners and to make Texas
a waste desert. I shall have to fight the
enemy on his own terms ; yet I am ready to
do it, and if my countrymen do not rally to
my relief, I am determined to perish in the
defence of this place, and my bones shall
reproach my countiy for her neglect. With
500 men more.,! will drive Sesma beyond
the Hio Grande, and I will visit vengeance
on the enemies of Texas, whether leaders
r resident Mexican enemies. All the cit-
izens that have not joined us, are with the
4inemy fighting against-us. Let the gov-
ernment declare them public enemies, oth
erwise she is acting a suicidal part. I shall
weat them as such, unless I have superior
orders to the contiary. My respeqts tq all
iriends, and confusion to all enemies. God
l)!ess,you. , Your friend,
. r- W. Barret Travis.
( Head Ouarters, Camp near
, lieason s, March 21, 1836.
The Chairman'of the Committee of safe-
ty at San Felipe,jwill take such immediate
measures as uiiKarrest the deserters fiom
the army all persons leaving the country
in a direction from the enemy will be requi-
red to return, 91 their arms taken from them
for the use of 'the army. Families moving
for safety willbe entitled'to one armed man
for their protfetion. Victory is inevitable,
if uuity of acjion and good order is preser-
ved. The foice of the enemy before us is
yet small, and if re nfoi cements should not
arrive to him, his defeat is certain, if disci-
pline and subordination vug firmly establish-
ed. Our spies' have had a skirmish with a
leconnoitering paity in his advance, and
evidently checked his movements.
I have sent a force of near 200 men on
the west side of the river. In a few davs
I hope to have foi ce sufficient to capture
the enemy before he can reach the Guada
loupe. Sam. Houston,
Captain Charles E. Hawkins and Wm.
A. Hurd of the navy of the Republic, pass-
ed through this town on the 21st inst. on
their way to Matagorda, to take command
of their vessels for a cruise on the oast.
The chivalry and determined character of
these gentlemen is so weli known that we
are impatient-to haLhom meet the forces
of the Tyrant Liberty and laurels will then
waive over, tyranny and defeat.
Capt. Eberly, with a company of about
thirty men, and a company fiom San Ja-
cinto, passed through this place to-day, des-
tined for head quarters. The citizens in
some places have turned out well: their
generous and piompt assistance will save
The brig Aurora, Taylor, at New York,
from Matanzas, states that the crew and
passengers of the American schr. Hannah
and Elizabeth, which was chased ashore
and captured by the Mexican armed schr.
Bravo, had been conveyed in irons to Ma-
tanzes, wheie they remained when Capt.
burned, in which was contained 8uO,000'lbs.p5C"
ot pig lead, belonging to a mercnantnn -
Philadelphia. After the fire was over, and"
the rubbish removed, it was 'found that the
lead was melted into large masses, so that-
the owner had to quarry it out. One piece
alone was got out, weighing near a ton. .
The public are hereby cautioned
against bujing, bargaining, or trading
for a note of one thousand dollars,
held against me by Col. JaredGroee,
as I have just claims a ainst that gent-
leman. Certain paper; may be exhi-
bited bv him, to piove the justice o.
the note, which I can prove jvere not&
legally obtained. .
WM. W. SIIEPPERD.
Lake Creek, Feb. 12, 1836. 193
Parties are necessary for the salutary
state of every government, as winds are
for the salubrity of the atmosphere to pre-
vent corruption, and produces that agitation
which promotes vigor and health.
But in no government should party spirit
conquer national feeling. Whatever con-
tents may exist at home, there should be a
bold, a firm, a unanimous determination of
union and united interests as regards for-
eign nations; and every man should identify
his interests and feelings with the interests
and honor of his country else he is not
truly a patriot. N. Orleans Bee. 1
' The Subscriber, being about to leave
the municipality of Matagorda, respect-
fully requests all persons indebted to -him
by note, book account, or other-
wise, to make immediate paymentto his
duly authorized agent, M. A. Mitchell,
who has charge of the entire business
of the subscriber. Those indebted will
confer a favor, and save costs, by at-
tending to the above. r,
J. N. Gr'. WALLACE. .
Matagorda, Feb. 7, 1836. ,19& r
To whom it may concern : Notice
is hereby given, that the undersigned
has been appointed by the Provisional
Government of Texas, Collector for
the Revenue District and Port of Gal-
veston. The Custom House for said
district and port is at the east end of
Galveston Island, where all persons
having business with the same may
WILLIAM P. HAREIS,
Jan. 19, 1836. -. 1931
M. Rayner, junior, has published an Al-
manac, calculated for 200 years, .from the
year 1700 to 1900.
The undersigned, having procured -letters
&l administration on the estafe
of Samuel Hoit, dee'd, thereby annul-
ling the powers granted unto J. W. E.
Wallaee,all those having claims against
said estate will please present them for .
adjustment, and those indebted are re
quested to come forward and settle
Mr. Seth Ingram is appointedmy.
agent during my absence. &V ?"
I may be generally found at the store
of S. It. Brigham, & Co., in Matagor-
da. JOHtf P. A. HOIT.
Baker & Bordens. Telegraph and Texas Register (San Felipe de Austin [i.e. San Felipe], Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 21, Ed. 1, Thursday, March 24, 1836. San Felipe de Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth47891/. Accessed July 8, 2015.