The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 186
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Thus ended, in its relation to Texas, the Tampico expedition.
Succeeding, it would have concentrated federalist opposition in the
eastern States, would have diverted Santa Anna's attention from
Texas, and eventually, no doubt, after the capitulation of Cos,
would have drawn Texas into active co-operation with the liberals;
the dictator might have been overthrown on his own soil, the
"republican principles" of the constitution of 1824 preserved, and
the Texas declaration of independence obviated thereby. But fail-
ing, the press of events and the dissensions in the government pre-
vented the Texans-though its potential advantages were clearly
realized-from helping Mexia in a second venture. One cannot
but feel that Mexia personally was treated by the Texans with little
consideration. Those who knew him best, Austin and McKinney,
were confident of his integrity and sincere patriotism; yet the gov-
ernor ignored, and private citizens insulted him.'
After Mexia's return to New Orleans the United States grand
jury, on May 16, 1836, found an indictment against him for filibus-
tering, but the records do not show that the case ever came to trial.
In 1839, still trying to establish republicanism, he was captured by
Bustemante and shot. In the same year, George Fisher presented
to the fifth congress a memorial, asking that the survivors of the
Tampico expedition be placed upon the same footing as regular vol-
unteers in the Texan army and be awarded bounty lands. But the
committee to whom the petition was referred reported that while
they were well satisfied that his prayer was "not without merit,"
they thought it would be inexpedient to take further action upon
it at that time.
ammunition, which belonged to my Expedition, in order that they may be
sent to the Copano, agreeably to the Resolutions of the Honorable the
"I am Your Excellency's Most Obedient Servant,
"Jos6 Antonio Mexia.
"Quintana 23d December 1835.
"To His Excellency the Governor of Texas,
"San Felipe de Austin."
'McKinney to General Council, December 29, 1835, 1. c.
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