The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 156
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power to prevent the people from holding the convention, for he
said Texas was in no condition to fight Mexico. He could have
quieted the people, but General Ugartechea in command at San
Antonio decided to send Captain Tenorio back to Anahuac by water
with two hundred men and some cannon.1 A man came from San
Antonio and said the ,order was to be sent to Wiley Martin soon to
arrest Mosely Baker, W. B. Travis, R. M. Williamson, and others,
and he said General Oos would be in Texas by and by with a large
The convention2 met at San Felipe in September. The first act
was a call for volunteers to capture San Antonio before it could be
reinforced by General Cos.
Our school closed in September. The teacher said there was so
much excitement that it affected the small children, and the young
men could not be got back in school at all after the election in Sep-
tember. There was a constant talk of war. Messengers from San
Felipe going to Brazoria and Harrisburg stopped at our house from
time to time and told the news. All the men in .our neighborhood
went to San Felipe. Stephen F. Austin was elected to command
the army, and it was to rendezvous on the Guadalupe River at
This month we heard again from the priest, Padre Alpuche. He
was in San Antonilo, and had been in fact a spy sent from Mexico
through New Orleans and Nacogdoches to San Felipe.
Mrs. Stafford came home in a schooner from New Orleans. She
had spent two weeks in that city waiting for the schooner. She said
there was a good deal of excitement there about Texas, but they
never got any news direct from Mexico. The captains of ships
told them that Mexico had no idea ,of sending a large army to Texas.
We heard so many different reports that we did not know what to
believe. Mrs. Stafford was to stay until spring and take some of
'There is some confusion here as to Austin's attitude. In his speech of
September 12, at Brazoria, he urged the holding of the Consultation
2That is, the Consultation; but it did not meet till October 15, and the
next day it adjourned to November 1.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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