The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 110
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to sell to the colonists.1 There was also on board this ship an
individual, a Doctor Oldivar,2 who was of French origin, but who
claimed to be at this time a Mexican officer.3 He obtained Powell's
confidence by offering to help him sell his goods, and found that in
the cargo was a large quantity of tobacco, a contraband article, con-
cerning the introduction of which Mexico was especially strict. He
must have reported the affair to De Le6n immediately, for in a short
while, at De Le6n instigation, the whole cargo was seized.4 Oc-
tober 25, the political chief ordered all the goods except the tobacco
released.5 October 29, the political chief, as a result of some kind
of a report made on the 18th by De Witt, commissioned De Le6n
to go with a force from La Bahia to the house of De Witt and to
seize a second time all the goods brought by the Escambia, and also
to try to learn where and by whom the tobacco had been hidden.'
De Le6n, therefore, accompanied by the military commandant at
La Bahia, Don Rafael Manchola, started for the Lavaca.
Startling reports as to the object of their coming had preceded
Manchola and his troops, and there was great confusion at the
station. They were coming, it was said, "to cut off the white peo-
ple as far as the Colorado and then kill them." The colonists were
told that De Le6n had threatened to carry back with him De Witt's
head tied to his saddle.' The Americans armed themselves to re-
ceive the Mexicans.8 Kerr, although evidently not altogether com-
posed,9 did what he could to relieve their fears and to induce them
to lay their arms aside. But it was not until after the arrival of
1 De Witt to Austin and Samuel M. Williams. Austin Papers, class E,
2Ibid. The name was most probably Oliver, the Mexican pronunciation
of which might easily become Oldivar.
SKerr to Austin, November 12, 1826. Austin Papers. class P, no. 1.
Manchola, the military commandant at La Bahfa, denied this claim.
4De Witt to Austin and Samuel M. Williams. Austin Papers, class E,
SPolitical chief to De Witt, October 25, 1826. Bexar Archives.
e Political chief to De Le6n. Bexar Archives.
' Kerr to Austin, November 11, 1826. Austin Papers, class P, no. 1.
8 Political chief to vice-governor, December 1, 1826. Bexar Archives.
6 "Altho I myself are not easily alarmed, yet I confess that I scarcly
new what to be about." (Kerr to Austin, November 11, 182d. Austin
Papers, class P, no. 1).
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