The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 26
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26 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
now loudly for a convention, in which their voice shall be heard.
They have become almost completely united. And now let Tories,
submission men, and Spanish invaders look out.
There is to be a great meeting here on the 12th of September,
on the subject of a convention. The Tories are dying a violent
death, and their last expiring struggle will be made on that day.
Therefore I invite you to attend, and hope you will do so. We
wish to beat them in their stronghold, and I have no doubt we
shall do so. But I wish to see them overwhelmed. I have seen
your publication. It does you credit. You have shown yourself
the real 'white man and uncompromising patriot. Stick to the
text and Texas is saved.
I have this moment finished conversing with a Mexican just from
San Antonio. He says marching orders have been given to the
troops. They are to be here by the 12th or 15th of September to
garrison this town, Ten\oxtitlan, and Nacogdoches with 200 men
each; and it is concerted that 200 men shall arrive by water at
Anahuac at about the same time to garrison that place. They have
sworn vengeance against all engaged in the late expedition, and in
that of 1832 at Anahuac and Velasco. They calculate to take up
these men, with the aid of the other Americans, by which time
they will gradually bring in troops enough to overrun the people
and keep them in vile submission. They can not do it. We will
not submit to be garrisoned here. I hope you will not there. We
shall give them hell if they come here. Keep a -bright look out to
sea. Allow no pilots in the bay to assist them, and they can not
land before you have time to prepare for them. Secure all the
powder and lead. Remember that war is not to be waged without
means. Let us be men and Texas will triumph. I know you can
be relied on; therefore I exhort you to be active in preparing the
minds of men for the scenes that are to be enacted.
News from Orleans that we will be liberally aided with men,
money, and arms has arrived. Already we have five pieces of can-
non, 100 kegs of powder, and lead and shot to correspond, landed
in Matagorda, and sent from Orleans.
Come over if you can on the 12th. My respects to Wilcox and
others. Please write soon.
W. B. TRAVIS.
In spite of the proclamations of Capt. Thomas M. Thompson,
who, from the Mexican war schooner "Correo," assumed a petty
jurisdiction over Galveston Bay and the 'citizens of Anahuac, for-
bidding the organization of militia, and insolently threatening to
hang Travis at his yard arm in half an hour after he should be cap-
tured, Mexican rule at Anahuac could never be reinstated; the
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