The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 15
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The Miejia Expedition.
for the arrangements to make sail--the conclusion is reached that
on that same day, the 24th, Mejia arrived in Galveston Bay.' On
crossing the bar, his men descried two or three vessels which were
coming out, bearing the troops formerly stationed at Anahuac,
under the command of Sergeant Major Felix Subaran. Mejia was
informed that the soldiers under Subaran had joined the republi-
can party and were now on their way to swell the ranks of Santa
Anna. Learning this he started on his return to Tampico, "with-
out having heard the least report from the men who were going
out from Galveston, or offering them convoy, much less money"."
It is probable that Mejia, on his return journey, stopped for a
short period at Matamoros, as he had reserved the right to do so
in the compact of July 6, and, as Matamoros was in his direct
route, he may have called there for supplies, etc.8 Thence he
went direct to Tampico, where he arrived on the 28th of July.
The exact date, however, is not of especial importance, since his
commission was really finished, with the exceptions which will soon
be taken up, when he left Galveston Bay.
The work of the Mejia expedition was not altogether completed
by the adhesion of the municipality of Brazoria and the companies
of the Anahuac stronghold. On the contrary, Piedras at Nacog-
doches still maintained his power, and sundry districts had neither
declared for nor against the plan of Vera Cruz. One of the colon-
ists wrote that "Col. Mexia had not marched on Nachidoch on
account of the Scarcity of provisions nor had he heard from them.
He however left if with the Americans to send Col, Piedras on to
the westward a prisoner, to take him without bloodshed if possible,
if not, to use force".4 Thus the Texans fell heir to the unfinished
part of Mejia's mission, and it devolved upon them to oust Piedras
and to take such further action relative to the Plan as best suited
their ideas and wishes. This phase of the subject-the aftermath
of the expedition-will be discussed in full under the next sub-head,
as will also the various steps taken by the colonists anent the Plan
before Mejia's expedition to Texas.
1Traveling at the rate at which he came from Brazos Santiago to Velasco,
he should have made the bar of Galveston in six or seven hours.
2Filisola, Memorias, I 258-261.
3H. More to - Perry, Aug. 5, 1832. Austin Papers.
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