The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 28
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28 Texas Historical Association Quagrterly.
Lopez de Santa Anna; while the commandant and the alcalde, now
the best of companions, watched the final fusion of the discord-
ant elements in Texas during the year 1832.
The question as to Mejia's real object in coming to Texas has
often been raised, and has been only partially answered. In my
opinion the answer is that it was primarily to preserve Texas to the
Mexican confederation, and secondarily to promote the cause of
As to the first of these objects, it has been observed heretofore
that, when intelligence came to Mejia and Guerra of the disturb-
ances in the province of Texas, they forthwith dropped their differ-
ences and cooperated "to save Texas to the Mexican confedera-
tion."2 Again, Mejia in writing to Alcalde John Austin, remarks
that he would have proceeded very harshly had the movements in
the colonies "been directed against the integrity of the national ter-
In the second place Mejia aimed at diffusing liberal tendencies.
It is only needful here to read his own words in proof of this state-
ment. The colonel declared that since the colonists had clung to
the Plan, he would "unite with them to accomplish their wishes,
and that the forces" under his command would "protect their
adhesion to the said plan".4
1Proceedings of a meeting at Goliad, Sept. 1, 1832. Nacogdoches Archives,
box 44, no. 1368.
2Filisola, Memorias, I 256.
8Temas Gazette, July 23, 1832. Also Guerra to Mora, July 16, 1832.
Nacogdoches Archives, box 1, no. 6.
4Texas Gazette, July 23, 1832.
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