The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 17
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The Mejia Expedition.
the Constitution; the total disregard of the laws; the entire pros-
tration of the civil power;' are grievances of such a character, as
to arouse the feelings of every freeman, and impel him to resist-
"Resolved--That we view with feelings of the deepest interest,
and solicitude, the firm and manly resistance which is made by those
Patriots under the highly talented and distinguished chieftain
Santa Anna, to the numerous encroachments and infractions which
have been made, by the present Administration, upon the Laws and
Constitution of our beloved and adopted country.
"Resolved-That as freemen devoted to a correct interpretation
and enforcement of the constitution and laws, according to their
true spirit, we pledge our lives and fortunes, in support of the
same, and of those distinguished leaders who are now so gallantly
fighting in defense of civil Liberty.
"Resolved-That all the people of Texas, be invited to cooperate
with us, in support of the principles incorporated in the foregoing
These resolutions were signed by Wiley Martin, John Austin, L.
Lesassier, W. H. Jack, H. B. Johnson, and R. M. Williamson.
The reception of the plan by the Texans in general will now be
described. The different municipalities will be taken up in the
order in which they declared themselves concerning it, and the
action of each will be followed out as completely as possible.
The sentiments heralded in the declarations just noted were at
once ratified in some portions of the country. In an address
delivered by W. D. C. Hall of the precinct of Victoria during
Mejia's sojourn in Brazoria, he remarked that the inhabitants of
his district had been informed of the Turtle Bayou pronuncia-
mento. The speaker then continued that "we were rejoiced to see
this declaration, for such had been for a long time our own feelings
1A manuscript copy of the resolutions in Spanish preserved in the Nacog-
doches Archives (box 1, no. 10) has an additional clause here, which is
translated as follows: "and the substitution in its place of a military des-
2Edward, History of Texas, 186-187.
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