The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 25
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The Old Fort at Anahuac.
under the despotic rule of the military," friendship united with
patriotism in emphasizing the ardor of his feelings. Nevertheless,
public sentiment was by no means unanimous in approving the
act, and Travis was sharply attacked by what was known at the
time as the Peace Party or Submission Men. In a letter dated
August 5, 1835, he alludes to a document or card published
through the solicitations of friends, which probably entered into
an explanation of his course, and which he seems to have regretted.
In the same letter he says: "I know that I acted by the consent
and approbation of the political authorities, I know that the people
here all favored the measure, and I went into it believing it to be
right and that it would meet the approbation 'of all; and, as you
say, time can only determine whether it was a good or bad meas-
ure. * * * Conscious that I have not intentionally erred, I bid
defiance to any who may be disposed to persecute me, and feel
assured that I have numerous friends to sustain me in it." * * *
The following letter from Wm. B. Travis to Andrew Briscoe, for
whose release he 'had suffered much blame at the hands of the
Peace Party, shows the confidential relations existing between
them. HiIs allusion to Mr. Briscoe's publication, which was prob-
ably one of those circulars printed with the pen and posted up in
public places for the purpose of arousing the people, shows that
they were one in patriotic sentiment, and that neither faltered in
the performance of duty. The letter also shows the happy change
in public sentiment which had been wrought in the space of a few
weeks, as well as the excited condition of the country.
SAN 1ELIPE, August 31, 1835.
My Dear Sir-I have not written to you before, because I was
ashamed to tell what was going on. It is different now. Although
the Mexican or Tory party made a tremendous effort to put us
down, principle has triumphed over prejudice, passion, cowardice,
and knavery. All their measures have recoiled upon them, and
they are routed horse and foot. The extent of their glory was to
denounce us to the military at 'San Antonio and Matamoras, and
demand our arrest. An order was accordingly issued to Ugar-
tachea, and repeated by Cos, to arrest seven of us and send us to
Bexar to be tried by martial law. This was too much for the peo-
ple to bear. When they were 'called on by an usurping political
chief to carry these orders into execution, the sacrifice was too
great. Their wrath was turned against the Tories and Spanish-
Americans, who now dare not hold up their heads. The people .call
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