The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 21
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The Mejia Expedition.
of them," were some of the distinguishable exclamations which arose
from the crowd.'
From the citations made in the last few paragraphs, the fact
that the Anglo-Americans settled in and around Brazoria were firm
supporters of the constitution, as against arbitrary government, is
At San Felipe.
Under Section II mention was made of the resistance of San
Felipe and Matagorda to the movements under taken by some of
the colonists for the dismantling of Anahuac and Velasco. The
observations there recorded gave evidence conclusive that these
townships were uncompromisingly opposed to the action taken
against the military posts and hostile to the principles sanctioned
in the camp at Turtle Bayou. However, not- more than a month
had elapsed when the source of this conserviE n-the village of
San Felipe-declared vigorously for Santa Anna. This peculiar
move seems anomalous and contradictory, and, although such is
really the case, the explanation is not deep seated.
Horatio Chriesman, the alcalde, in defending the acts of the
ayuntamiento, tells us that "it was necessary to take the step which
has been taken, toward unifying public opinion and avoiding the
sad results of disunion--It was the duty of the Ayuntamiento to
apply remedies, and two were presented: the first was civil was
within the municipality-; the other, to unify public opinion, and
thus to establish harmony. The latter was adopted; and I believe
that your Honor will say that the Council has done its duty as
guardian of the public peace."2 Again, Col. S. F. Austin said
that "it is not difficult to iroagine that the presence of Col. Mexia
exerted a decisive influence upon public opinion".8 These instances
clearly show that the revulsion of sentiment of the San Felipe citi-
zens was because they wished to ward off a clash with the Mexican
'Austin to Musquiz, July 18, 1832; the same to the same, July 28, 1832.
Nacogdoches Archives, box 1, nos. 5 and 13. (Translation.)
2Chriesman to Musquiz, Aug. 22, 1832. Nacogdoches Archives, box 1,
no. 15. (Translation.)
'Austin to Elosua, Aug. 21, 1832, in Austin Papers; Austin to Musquiz,
July 28, 1832, in Nacogdoches Archives, box 1, no. 13. (Translations.)
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