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The .Mejia Expedition.
says, Mejia went to Tampico on the 10th, and, not finding Mocte-
zuma there, he immediately came back to the Brazo. Then on the
14th he passed out of the Matamoros port for the second time, and
made his way to Texas.'
Prior, however, to the Texas expedition, Mejia and Guerra, had
urged Col. S. F. Austin, who was at Matamoros on his way home
from the State legislature, to accompany the troops to Texas. This
Austin consented to do, in order that he might contribute what-
ever service he could to his adopted country. He says in a letter
to Colonel Mejia :--"I must say I am satisfied that there are no
views among the colonists of Texas which endanger the integrity of
the Mexican territory, and that the disturbances there have resulted
from the arbitrary acts of the Military officials of the General Gov-
ernment. . .. Notwithstanding, I believe it of the highest
importance to go to Texas for the purpose of calming the tumults
and reestablishing harmony."2
Austin's presence on the expedition perhaps obviated much
trouble and many inconveniences between Mejia and the colonists,
and for this reason it has been considered essential to dwell at some
length upon his connection with the Texas voyage.
At six o'clock in the afternoon of July 16, the flotilla reached
the mouth of the Brazos River, and, after having exchanged com-
munications with John Austin, the second alcalde, Mejia and Austin
proceeded to Brazoria." The people of the precinct had previously
appointed a deputation to wait upon the two gentlemen, and "on
their arrival on the east bank of the Brazos, they were saluted with
the firing of 3 cannon,-and after partaking of some refreshments,
at Major Brigham's, crossed the river, at the bank of which they
1It is about the same distance from Brazos Santiago to Tampico as it is
from the former to Velasco. Hence, if Mejla completed the journey from
Brazos Santiago to Velasco in forty hours, it is reasonable to suppose that
he could have gone to Tampico in the same length of time. This would have
given him ample opportunity to make the round trip to Tampico with some
hours to spare within the four days limit.
2Guerra to Austin, July 7, 1832; Mejfa to Austin, July 8, 1832; Austin
to Mejla, July 9, 1832 (translation of copy). Nacogdoches Archives, box
2, no. 80. Also Austin to Guerra, July 10, 1832 (translation of copy).
Nacogdoches Archives, box 1, no. 19.
'Austin to Ram6n Musquiz, July 18, 1832. Nacogdoches Archives, box
1, no. 5.
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