The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 18
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and wishes-The people of this precinct, therefore, immediately
met and concurred in the declaration for the constitution and
At a second assemblage in the town of Victoria, the residents
again sanctioned the principles of the "liberal party". We are
told that "at a large and respectable meeting of the citizens of the
Precinct of Victoria convened according to public notice on the
16th of July, they unanimously Re-solved to succeed or perish in
the cause of the constitution and Santa Anna, or in other words the
plan of Vera Cruz." The body then elected a committee of vigi-
lance for the promotion of their cause. "On the night of the same
day the committee 'learned of' the arrival of Col. Mexia, a friend
and officer of Genl. Santa Anna, at our port, from Matamoros.
. . . bringing us the joyful intelligence of the surrender of
Matamoros".2 On hearing this welcome news the convention reit-
erated its strong attachment to the plan.
With these more or less fragmentary notices of the reception of
the plan of Vera Cruz at Victoria, we will now pass on to Brazoria
where the enthusiasm for Santa Anna was made more manifest
than anywhere else in Texas.
One of the objects for which Mejia came to the colonies was to
promote the cause of the "liberal" leader and to disseminate the
principles recently inaugurated by the Vera Cruz garrison. He
revealed his real intention in a letter to the second alcalde of
Brazoria, John Austin, enclosing a copy of the compact between
himself and Guerra of July 6, in which he pointed out what would
have been his course toward the disturbers of the peace, "had the
late movements . . been directed against the integrity of the
national territory". But, as he had been assured by sundry respect-
able men that the recent events "were on account of the colonists
having adhered to the Plan of Vera Cruz," the colonel affirmed that
his troops, led by himself in person, would support and "protect
their adhesion to the said plan".3 The mild and conciliatory tone
1Texas Gazette, July 23, 1832.
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