The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 19
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The Mejia Expedition. 19
of this note was due in great part, no doubt, to the influence of
Stephen F. Austin, who, it will be recalled, accompanied the expedi-
tion to Texas.
The alcalde, in answering this communication, informed Mejia
that a delegation, which had been selected by the people of Brazoria,
would present him with some resolutions adopted a few days before
anent the Plan of Santa Anna. Moreover, he said that the acts
aimed at explaining the motives by which the Texans had been
governed, and contained their "true sentiments". Austin detailed
at length the reasons for attacking the Mexicdn soldiery, and gave
the result in each case.
"This, Sir," he concluded, "is what has passed. I hope it will be
sufficient to convince you that these inhabitants have not mani-
fested any other desire or intention, than to unite with Genl. Santa
Anna, to procure the establishment of peace in the Republic, under
the shield of the Constitution and Laws . . . and that the sov-
ereignty of the States shall be respected".1
On the 16th day of July, 1832, the residents of the community
gathered and resolved to continue their adhesion to the plan of
Vera Cruz, which action was taken before they learned of Mejia's
having anchored at the mouth of the Brazos.2 The following
day, having heard in the meantime of the arrival of the forces from
Tampico, the citizens appointed a delegation to welcome Colonel
Mejia to Brazoria.
This delegation met the commander of the fleet after his debark-
ation at Velasco, and escorted him to Brazoria. William H. Whar-
ton, the chairman of the reception committee, immediately after
the arrival of the party, read the following characteristic address:
"Col. Mexia: We view you as a fellow struggler in the same
field with ourselves, and as the harbinger of the happy intelligence
that the cause of the constitution and Santa Anna, or, in other
words, the cause of truth and justice and liberty has triumphed
most signally and gloriously. We hail the day of your arrival
among us, in the sacred cause you came to advocate, as the brightest
one that ever shone on the prospects of Texas." The colonists felt
'Texas Gazette, July 23, 1832.
2Austin to Musquiz, July 28, 1832. Nacogdoches Archives, box 1, no. 13.
"This is the delegation referred to in the letter from John Austin quoted
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