The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 136
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Captain Henry S. Brown, who was going upon an expedition into
what is now Brown County to retake about five hundred horses
that the Indians had captured from him on the road between
Bejar and Gonzales.1 In the next year another company of
about thirty-nine men from Gonzales, under the same leader, joined
Captain Abner Kuykendall in another expedition into the same ter-
ritory.2 In 1835 a company of volunteers from Gonzales went out
under command of Dr. James I-I. C. Miller to chastise some Indians
that had attacked a party of French and Mexican traders on Sandy
Creek, about fifteen miles from Gonzales."
But notwithstanding the insignificance of actual hostilities the
colonists never felt secure while they depended upon their own
strength alone. Before leaving the Lavaca they had been prom-
ised that as soon as the families moved up to Gonzales a garrison
of Mexican troops should be stationed in the town.4 Through
1827, 1828, and the early part of 1829, repeated appeals were
made for the fulfillment of this promise. Finally, in 1829, De
Witt wrote the political chief, Ram6n Musquiz, that a considera-
ble amount of contraband was passing through his territory, but
that it would be impossible, without the aid of troops, either to
prevent this, or to protect the town from the Indians.5 Appar-
ently, the cry of contraband was effective. Soon after this, Jose
Guadalupe Ruiz was sent with a detachment of the ninth perma-
nent regiment, but within a few days he was withdrawn and re-
turned to B6jar by order of the general commandant.6 On the
day that Ruiz left the town De Witt sent to the political chief
a petition asking for another detachment,' and again in Decem-
1 Brown, History of Texas, I 154-6. According to this account, among
those who took part in this expedition were Bazil Durbin, - Shelley,
Andrew Scott, Jesse Robinson, Moses Morrison, Abram McClare [Abraham
McClure], and William Bracken.
SAmong those who took part in this expedition were Matthew Cald-
well, Daniel McCoy, Ezekiel Williams, William S. Fisher, Bartlett D.
McClure, David Hanna, Landon Webster, and Jonathan Scott (Brown,
History of Texas, I 283-285).
'Alexander Yhary to James Kerr, November 11, 1827; James Kerr to
Ram6n Musquiz, February 11, 1828. Bexar Archives.
5 Green De Witt to Ramon Musquiz, May 8, 1829. Bexar Archives.
'The order was given May 17, 1829 (Ruiz to Antonio Elosua, May 22,
' De Witt to political chief, May 23, 1829. Bexar Archives.
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