The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 40
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40 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
grand display, sailed up and anchored .off Velasco, preparatory to
disembarking -for the purpose of thinning out the inhabitants. This
news of course soon reached the people of the country, and caused
the wildest excitement. "Then there was hurrying to and fro";
the people sent runners with the tidings in every direction, and a
convention was called 'to meet forthwith at Brazoria, to devise meas-
ures to meet the issue. IThe convention was held accordingly, and
after deliberation, 'Colonel Winm. H. Wharton, as chairman of a com-
mittee, was sent down to Velasco to confer with the Mexican author-
ities, and -endeavor to stay the threatened .destruction. This gentle-
man, so distinguished in his day for sagacity and ability, adopted
the wisest diplomacy for the hour, the plan of temporizing with the
enemy, and in the interview which he held with the hostile chiefs,
.with all of the eloquence for which he was noted, set out the facts
that the Texans had ever been loyal to the Mexican government,
expecially to Santa Anna; that the capture of Velasco was "only -a
party movement" against Bustamente, to show their deep devotion
to the cause of ISanta ,Anna; and that the whole affair originated in
their admiration for him, and was but a pleasant way they adopted
to show their loyalty. HIe welcomed the Mexicans to the country,
and besought the officers to come up to Brazoria and partake of the
hospitality of its patriotic people. The truth is, up to that time
Santa Anna had not exhibited the objectionable features of his
character, as he subsequently ,did, and it was generally hoped that,
as President -of Mexico, he would prove a decided improvement on
Bustamente. IThe Mexican officers suffered themselves to be per-
suaded, and accordingly came up 'to Brazoria, where they were
feted and entertained in the 'most sumptuous manner, remaining
pleased and willing guests, and finally departed, happy in the belief
that the Texans were a most loyal people and Colonel Wharton a
particularly warm friend ,of Santa Anna.
was in command a~t Matamoros, when the news of the disturbances 'in
Texas led Mejfa to propose, and IGuerra Ito aooept, an armistice between them
until Mejfa could lead his troops against the insurrectionary colonists and
Restore quiet. t was then supposed by 'these two officials that the ,ttacks
on Anahuac 'and Vela;seo were ithe beginning ,of a seeesion anovement in
Texas; but, as the ,story goes on to show, t'he fears of Mejta on 'this .point
were easily ,dispelled.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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