The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 27
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The Mejia Expedition
until about August 24 (with the exception of some irregular pro-
ceedings on July 14), when several of the most prominent persons
forwarded the sanction of the civil officials to San Felipe. It will
perhaps not be out of place to quote the entire communication, as
it so clearly depicts the actual condition of affairs in Goliad.
"Sir :-The undersigned native citizens of the U. S. of A.-
merchants residing here-have with much Satisfaction Seen the
Declaration of your Ayuntamiento in favor of the plan of Santa
Anna-the worthy Patriot and Defender of the Constitution and
Laws of this Country.
"We perceive with increased Satisfaction, that the unanimous
voice of the inhabitants of your Colony are in accordance, and we
heartily concur with them. We approve the document (which will
reach you by this same conveyance) addressed by the civil authori-
ties of this place to those of yours.
"For your information we would advise you that the military
force now here consists of between 50 & 60 men. Most of them it
is Supposed would join the Standard of Santa Anna,-Should
oppt'y. offer, and the civic authorities and the citizens are undoubt-
edly favorable to him. These are now quiet, because they have
neither force to commence, nor resources to Sustain, a Contest."1
Although, the writers of this note claim that the soldiers in the
post of Goliad would perhaps amalgamate with the Santa Anna
followers, still at the time the council met to pass upon the meas-
ures taken at San Felipe for the constitution, the commandant of
the garrison refused to be present, and openly manifested his inten-
tion of remaining true to Bustamente, "untill compelled by force
of arms to act otherwise".2
The military must have reconsidered and decided that its enmity
was uncalled for, because on September 1, a committee waited upon
the chief officer, and the latter came over to the federal party. The
ayuntamiento assembled on the same day and publicly solemnized
the resolutions embracing the faith of the Vera Cruz troops. At
three o'clock in the afternoon, the townsmen and "civic militia"
marched together through all the streets of the city, and announced
aloud their love for and interest in the heroic General Antonio
'Western et al. to S. F. Austin, Aug. 24, 1832. Austin Papers.
2Western et al. to Austin, Aug. 25, 1832. Austin Papers.
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