The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 56
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56 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Sabine River to its source, thence to Red River. Its work was of
a very satisfactory nature.
When the Vasquez raid on San Antonio occurred in 1842, he vol-
un'teered ,and j-oined a company that set out to assist in expelling
the invaders. By the time S'an Antonio was reached the trouble
was over, and the command, after a short stay in the vicinity, re-
turned home. Meanwhile President Houston conceived the plan of
arranging a meeting ,at Bird's Fort-the present site of Port
Worth-of all the tribes sof Texas with the Commissioners from
Texas, for the purpose .of 'making a treaty of peace. General Bee
accompanied the COommission, headed by Col. Jos. C. Eldridge, as
secretary. 'There was only one other member of the Commission,
Thos. Torrey, a member of the Torrey family, so well known in
Southwest Texas, and they were accompanied by three Delaware In-
dians 'as guides and interpreters. This expedition started out in 1843
from Washington on the Brazos, at that time the seat of govern-
ment, and was absent for over eight months. It was filled with
exciting experiences and at times promised to terminate fatally to
the members of the Commission.
The Commission visited all the wild tribes extending as far north
as Fort Sill in the Indian Territory, and succeeding in inducing
the tribes to meet with the Texas Commission.
In 1846, General Bee was elected Secretary of the First Senate
of Texas; but when the war with Mexico broke out he joined Capt.
Ben McCulloch's company and participated in the battle of Mon-
terey. He afterwards became first lieutenant of M. B. Lamar's
company and continued in the service until the close of the war.
He then took up his residence in Laredo and engaged in merchan-
dising. He was next elected a member of the legislature, and
served in that capacity from 1849 to 1856. He was Speaker of
the House from 1854 to 1856, filling the office with great credit
to himself and his constituents. He was a delegate to the Demo-
cratic convention at Cincinnati 'which nominated Buchanan for
President in 1856. After retirement from the legislature, he en-
gaged in planting near Goliad, where he was living at the out-
break 'of the war. He served as presidential elector and cast his
vote for Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederate States.
He was shortly afterwards appointed brigadier general of the
State militia by Governor Edward Clark, and then commissioned a
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