The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 69
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Thomson's Passage Around Nacogdoches. 69
about a mile north of Nacogdoches. Thus their route led from
their encampment, or from a point a little west of it, nearly north
to another road; thence with said road nearly west to a point sev-
eral miles northwest of Nacogdoches; and thence nearly south to a
point on the San Antonio road a few miles west of Nacogdoches.
On the following morning, very early, the families decamped and
proceeded for their destination in Robertson's colony, the begin-
ning of their journey being on their improvised road. But Mr.
Thomson and the two men who had previously accompanied him
went through Nacogdoches to see Colonel Piedras. They told him
that, after thoroughly considering their situation, the immigrants
had unanimously determined to settle in Austin's colony, and
would stay in their present encampment till receipt of their per-
mits, and that they-Mr. Thomson and the two men with him-
were en route for San Felipe to procure the permits, and hoped
soon to return and conduct the families into Austin's colony.
Piedras wished them God-speed, and they proceeded on their jour-
ney. But a few miles west of Nacogdoches, Mr. Thomson and the
two others rejoined the families, and they all proceeded together
for Robertson's colony.
My father was then in Texas, about twenty-five miles east of
Nacogdoches, and soon learned the facts of this passing around that
place by Mr. Thomson's immigrants. The same account was con-
firmed to my father by Mr. Thomson himself at Harrisburgh,
Texas, in 1831. His statement to my father was substantially as I
have here repeated it.
The road phich those immigrants made around Nacogdoches
was known as the "Tennesseeans' road," and was used by many
subsequent immigrants, who were not provided with passports or
After Thomson's immigrants had passed around Nacogdoches,
some gentlemen reported their action to Colonel Piedras. He re-
plied: "I can not recall them. I can not prevent people from pass-
ing around Nacogdoches, whether their route be half a league or a
hundred leagues distant. All that I can do is to prevent intruders
from passing through this town."
However, Colonel Piedras, of course, must have reported the af-
fair, both to the State authorities and to the general commanding
the troops of the department. This conduct of the immigrants was
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