The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 7
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The Mejia Expedition.
Texas for the Mexican confederation.' On the following day,
July 5, the "ministerial" commandant, who had been expecting
Col. Paredes y Arrillaga to come to his aid with three hundred
men, was informed that, on account of Terin's death, he (Paredes)
could not move his division until new orders were transmitted from
Commandant Don Ignacio Mora. Then Guerra made the best of
his opportunities by signifying his acquiescence in Mejia's proposed
meeting. Thus at 4:30 P. M., July 6, the two colonels met at
Palo Blanco and agreed to a convention, which may be summarized
The compact recounted that Colonel Mejia, being in possession
of Matamoros and consequently of all branches of the administra-
tion, had intercepted various letters from Fort Velasco and other
Texas points addressed to the commandant of that place, and that
by these communications he had been informed that the Texas
colonies were in rebellion and threatened to attack Anahuac and
Velasco. This attitude of the Anglo-Americans endangered the
integrity of the Mexican territory, and hence it was highly essen-
tial that the Mexican forces should attempt to defend the colonies.
Mejia had therefore desired, at any rate, to impart the news of the
recent events in Texas to Guerra, and with this aim in view he had
invited the latter to an interview.
By the articles which succeeded this review of the late occur-
rences it was agreed (Art. 1) that Mejia should proceed to Texas
for the purpose of succoring the Mexican military, and preserving
the integrity of the national domain. Moreover, (Art. 2) Guerra
pledged himself to aid Mejia in this undertaking with all his
resources and to force all the authorities of Matamoros to do like-
wise. Mejia promised (Art. 3) to leave immediately for the
Texas ports. It was specified (Art. 4) that there should be an
armistice between the contending partisans. Further, (Art. 5)
there was a provision that the persons, property, and rights of the
citizens of Matamoros and its environs, whether of one party or the
other, should be equally guaranteed and respected. Again (Art.
6), should Mejia see fit to put into the Brazo on his return from
1Mejfa had overhauled a mail packet from Brazoria and had discovered
thereon some letters from Colonel Ugartechea to Guerra from which he
learned of the events in Teaxs. (Filisola, Memorias, I 247-248; Guerra to
commander in chief of Coahuila and Texas, July 16, 1832. Nacogdoches
Archives, box 1, no. 6.)
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