The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 146
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ment, and the feeling that it aroused was so intense that it re-
sulted in several acts of violence in different localities. Among
these was the capture by a Texas boat of a Mexican schooner that
had been sent to Anahuac to collect duties and had attacked a
United States trading vessel.' Ugartechea, the commandant at
Bejar, upon hearing this news, believed that there was danger of
rebellion among the colonists. He had just learned of the fact
that the cannon that had been lent to De Witt's colonists in 1831
as a protection against the Indians was in Gonzales.2 Fearing lest
it might now be turned by the colonists against the government, he
dispatched a corporal, Casimiro de Le6n, and five soldiers, with a
letter from the political chief to Andrew Ponton, the alcalde of
Gonzales, asking that the gun be surrendered to the corporal to be
returned by him to B6jar upon the ox-cart which he had brought
for the purpose."
Until this time De Witt's colonists had been uncertain of their
own position, as their attitude hitherto clearly indicates. After
the first disturbances in 1832, the other ayuntamnientos of Texas
had joined in proclaiming loyalty to Santa Anna, but, when Polit-
ical Chief Ram6n Musquiz sought a similar expression from De
Witt's colonists, they replied to him thus:
As we have never been officially informed, either by the present
reigning Government, headed by the Vice President Bustamante,
or by their opponents, headed by Gen. Santa Anna, of the nature
of these differences which exist between them; and as Citizens of
a polity amenable only to our Federal head, we are as yet per-
fectly satisfied with measures heretofore pursued by that head in
relation to us; and, were it otherwise, we feel our insufficiency to
step between them and their explanations of the Constitution and
laws of our adopted country! Moreover, having never had laid
before us in a tangible shape, the difficulties existing between the
Colonists of Austin and the Commandants of the Forts Anahuac
and Velasco: we are therefore, at this time, equally unable to de-
cide as to the merits or demerits of either of the contending bel-
Therefore, to you, Sir, as our organ of Governmental corre-
spondence, we would have it made fully known, and by them per-
fectly understood, that we, the colonists of Colonel Green De Witt,
2 Stephen F. Austin was on this vessel, the San. Felipe, returning from
his two years' imprisonment in Mexico (A Comprehensive History of
Tewas, I 177).
2 ee above, p. 137.
SPolitical chief to alcalde of Gonzales, September 21, 1835; Castaleda
to Ugartechea, September 29, 1835; letter dated September 30, 1835, ap-
parently from Ugartechea to Cos. Bexar Archives.
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