The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 41
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Reminiscences of Judge Edwin Waller.
Although the officers lonmmanding this expedition were thus
blarneyed out of their savage mission by Colonel Wharton's ruse de
guerre, yet their government was not so well deceived thereby, and
in fact from the day that Edwin Waller's vessel ran the blockade
and raised the embargo, and Spencer Jack wounded the Mexican
soldier, there never was, between the government and the colonists
any cordiality of feeling, nor anything save distrust and want of
faith cloaked and hooded in pleasant speeches and empty compli-
ments. On that day the spirit of revolution was born never to die
Shortly after these officers "marched up the hill and then marched
down again," Almonte visited Brazoria and the surrounding coun-
try with a great flourish of trumpets and with the ostensible charita-
ble purpose of inquiring into the needs and wants of the inhabit-
ants; and, although he was everywhere received in the most elegant
and courteous manner by the colonists, yet while interchanging com-
pliments with his hosts he was secretly taking notes of the numbers,
strength, and resources of the people, while they were as busily
engaged in procuring and, storing up powder and appliances of war
for the "irrepressible conflict."
T:he first powder procured for this purpose was purchased by
Winm. H. Wharton, Jno. A. Wharton, Edwin Waller, Robert Mills-
all prominent and zealous "war men,"--Wm. J. Russell, and Jere
Brown, and was stored away by them in a brick out-house owned
by Mrs. Jane H. Long, widow .of General Long, now a resident of
Fort Bend county, and perhaps the .earliest and oldest living settler
'There .seems to have been quite a strong feeling of opposition in
those days between the "war party" and the "peace party," and in
the many meetings held by the people to discuss the war question,
the different parties usually spoke their opinions of each other in
terms the freest and most emphatic, so that in some of the stormiest
of them, it really seemed that in the meeting, at least, war would
certainly prevail, and that the 'members would commence hostile
operations upon each other. !Nothing serious, however, resulted
from the "freedom of debate," and the meetings passed without any
real violence. AAmong 'those who zealously and unwaveringly advo-
cated the cause of war and freedom, Edwin Waller, Winm. H. Jack,
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