The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 148
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Unfortunately the political chief did not agree with Patrick.
On May 15 he replied to his letter condemning in most positive
terms the whole scheme of separation from Coahuila as emanat-
ing from an 'insignificant junta whose actions from the first had
been annulled by the political chief and the supreme government
of the state.' He warned the Gonzales ayuntamiento against par-
ticipating thereafter in an affair of this or any other kind what-
ever unless so ordered by the political chief, and he suggested in
closing that thenceforth they would better keep clear of all polit-
Of course, since they still desired to yield obedience to the Mex-
ican authorities, there was but one thing to do. As soon as this
communication was received a meeting of the ayuntamiento was
called, and letters of explanation and apology were drawn up to
be sent to the political chief. The people declared that in adopt-
ing the action of the San Felipe convention there had been no in-
tention whatever of disobeying the laws; that, in so far as their
course was not approved by the Mexican officials, it should be con-
sidered revoked; and that in the future they would sanction and
adopt only those measures that were considered legal by the
supreme authorities.2 Thus, while the mistrust and suspicion be-
tween the Americans and the Mexicans grew gradually in other
quarters, the people in this section of the country managed to keep
on fairly good terms with the government.
During 1834 and the early part of 1835 the Mexicans were busy
with their own civil quarrels, and Texas, left to itself, was compar-
atively quiet. But after Santa Anna had crushed the resistance
of Zacatecas in battle, and had dissolved the legislature of Coa-
huila and Texas, a feeling of renewed uneasiness among the col-
onists manifested itself in the appointment of committees of safety
in various municipalities. On May 17, 1835, the people of Gon-
zales selected to serve on such a committee for their own district
James B. Patrick, James Hodges, William W. Arrington, John
Fisher, George W. Davis, Bartlett D. McClure, and Andrew Pon-
2 Two letters from ayunta/miento of Gonzales to political chief, May 27,
1833; ayuntamiento of Gonzales to political chief, June 22, 1833; political
chief to C. Francisco Madero, June 26, 1833; Madero to political chief,
June 28, 1833; political chief to alcalde of Bexar, August 20, 1833. Bexar
8 Brown, History of Texas, I 290.
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