The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 150
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150 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
to consider the answer to make when these troops should come,
only three of the citizens were in favor of granting Ugartechea's
The people therefore began to prepare for the trouble that they
knew would ensue. Those who lived on the west bank of the
Guadalupe began to move into Gonzales.1 The townspeople began
to get their wagons ready to move their families out-some east
to the Colorado,2 some only into the woods to hide.3 Messengers
were at once dispatched to various points in Texas for help.4 The
cannon was buried in George W. Davis's peach orchard,5 and the
ground was plowed and smoothed over it."
Finally, on September 26, while the corporal was still waiting
across the river, Andrew Ponton sent by another messenger the
following reply to the political chief:
Gonzales Sept 26th 1835
I received an order purporting to have come from you for a
certain piece of Ordnance which is in this place. It happened that
I was absent an so was the remainder part of the Ayuntamto
when your dispatch arrived in consequence the men who bore sd
dispatch were necessarily detained untill to day for an answer.
This is a matter of delicasy to me nor do I know without further
1Castaleda to Ugartechea, September 29, 1835. Bexar Archives.
2 E. Bailey to , September 26, 1835. Archives of Texas, D file
22, no. 2133.
* Mr. Darst, who was a boy of about twelve years of age at the time,
in telling of the experiences he then had, says that he and his mother and
sister went up the river first to what was known as Tumlinson's Bend.
They had not been there long when some of the Mexicans came so near that
they could hear them talking. It seemed unsafe to remain there, so they
went further up the river to Bolin's Bend, above the place where the San
Marcos bridge now stands. Here with the families of George Davis and
Green De Witt they remained about two days. Mr. Darst says that so
many of the inhabitants were engaged in moving their families out of Gon-
zales that at one time there were only eleven men left in the town.
SAustin Papers, 30; report of Wm. Fisher to Austin, October 3, 1835
(Austin Papers, 50); THE QUARTERLY, II, 314.
SMr. Darst paints out the spot where the cannon was buried. It is
on block 12 (see map 4). The Gonzales cotton gin and the Gardian liv-
ery stable stand today on either side of the place.
OTHE QUARTERLY, lI 315. Alcalde Ponton said that he had one thou-
sand dollars (probably belonging to the ayuntamiento), and that he was
afraid the Mexicans were going to take that, too (E. Bailey to --, Sep-
tember 26, 1835. Archives of Texas, D file 22, no. 2133).
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