The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 14
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14 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
were received by the committee and by two of the signers of the
Turtle Bayou resolutions1 who were present (Capt. Wiley Martin,
and Luke Lessasier),-conducted to a pavillion erected for the pur-
pose, and saluted by one gun." Speeches followed. "After which
a further salute of 21 guns, a feu de joy, from one of the companies
who were in the action at Fort Velasco, were fired, when the
Colonels were escorted to the residence of John Austin Esq. 2nd
Alcalde, by a numerous body of our citizens who, on returning to
town, manifested their joyful feelings by illuminations, bon-fires,
firing of cannon, &c, all the night."2
The next day at three o'clock a meeting of the townsmen of
Brazoria was held for the purpose of explaining the causes of the
"late disturbances" in Texas. The remaining days of the week
were spent in gigantic preparations for a "public dinner and ball"
to the eminent visitors. We are told that "last evening (Sunday,
July 22) a splendid dinner and ball were given at Brazoria in cele-
bration of the constitution, and in honor of its distinguished advo-
cate, Genl. Santa Anna; at which Col. Jos6 Antonio Mexia, and
Col. S. F. Austin, were invited guests.
"The dinner party was such as an occasion of patriotic rejoicing
should always produce-it was large, cheerful, and convivial; and
full of republican feeling and generous enthusiasm." Toasts to
the health of General Santa Anna, to the separation of Coahuila
and Texas, and sundry others were heartily responded to by all.3
Colonel Mejia had remained in Brazoria for six days and had been
convinced, we may be sure, of the loyalty of the colonists in that
section, when he decided to continue his expedition to Galveston
with the object of bringing the Anahuac garrison over to his stand-
ard. Thus "on the afternoon of the 23rd Col. Mexia, having regu-
lated the custom-house department, and other public matters, at
Brazoria, in the most satisfactory and harmonious manner,
departed to embark for Galveston and Anahuac".4 Granting that
the ships did not leave Velasco before the morning of the 24th-
for some time must be allowed for the trip from Brazoria down and
1See under IV below.
'Texas Gazette, July 23, 1832.
4Mrs. Holley, Texas (1833), 142.
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