The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 20
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in duty bound "to go heart and hand" with Santa Anna, "and
not 24 hours have elapsed, since, in a numerous and public meet-
ing, we resolved to succeed or perish with him. We declared for
his cause, sir, when it was in doubt, and now that it is triumphant,
we give you the most solemn pledges, that in putting down the
present violators of the constitution, and bringing the government
back to a strictly legitimate mode of procedure, Genl. Santa Anna
shall have our warmest support and our most zealous co6pera-
Mejia was apparently completely won over by all this effusion
of eloquence and flattery, and he replied in choice terms that it
pleased him mightily to perceive the devotion of the Texans "to
the Mexican confederation, to the constitution, and to his excel-
lency, Genl. Lopez de Santa Anna". Moreover, the aims which
the colonists sought to attain were the same as those proclaimed in
Vera Cruz-"Federation, Laws, and a Liberal Ministry, which
will respect the general constitution and the sovereignty of the
States". The Colonel continued that "the cause which you have
thus adopted is that of the people against oppression; that of the
friends of federal institutions against the military and oppressive
government which the ministers of Genl. Bustamante wished to
establish. These being the principles which influence this respect-
able community, I should be inconsistent with my own, were I not
to offer them my friendship, and the support of the chiefs under
whose orders I am acting.'"2
Not only were the people of Brazoria formal supporters of the
plan of Vera Cruz, but they even permitted their ardor and admira-
ation for Santa Anna to gain such a hold upon them that their
impulsive expression betokened their warm feeling. Stephen F.
Austin remarked that "on my arrival at Brazoria I found all the
people unanimous and very enthusiastically in favor of the Plan
of Santa Anna. They received Sefior Mexia with the greatest
pleasure and with a joy and happiness which I have never before
seen in this country upon any occasion." "Long live the constitu-
tion and the laws; long live the rights of the States; long live the
Mexican Federation; and long live Santa Anna, the heroic defender
1Texas Gazette, July 23, 1832.
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