The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 152
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one of the cart drivers, who had been set at liberty. This man
confirmed Garsa's report, adding that for two days reinforcements
had been coming into Gonzales; that their number was now about
two hundred men, and that more were expected to arrive in the
Shortly before hearing this last account, Castafieda had a second
time sent forward the two letters together with one of his 'own,
asking for an interview with the alcalde. The reply came back
that the alcalde was absent, but that he was expected to return
within three hours, when he would send an answer for himself.
Castafieda could do nothing but await this answer, for he was pre-
vented by the Americans from fording the river,1 and the ferry-
boat and canoes were on the other side under guard.2 While he
waited he wrote to Ugartechea a detailed report of all that had
On the morning of the next day Castafieda went to the bank of
the river to have his interview with the alcalde. There he was
met by the regidor and told that the alcalde was still absent, but
that he had been sent for, and would surely return soon. The
regidor promised that at four o'clock in the afternoon Castafieda
might speak with the alcalde, or, if the latter were still absent, with
himself. At the appointed hour Castafieda returned to the bank
of the river where he met the regidor and three other men. The
regidor refused to cross over, as he had promised, but read to Cas-
tafieda from across the stream the following communication:
'In the absence of the alcalde it has fallen to my lot to reply to
the communication sent to him asking a second time for the cannon.
* * * The right of consulting with our political chief seems
to be denied us. Therefore my reply reduces itself to this: I can
not nor do I desire to deliver up the cannon * * *, and this
is the sentiment of all the members of the ayuntamiento now pres-
ent. The cannon is in the town, and only through force will we
1A Comprehensive History of Texas, I 180; account of the campaign of
1835 by William T. Austin, aid to General Stephen F. Austin and Gen-
eral Edward Burleson. A Comprehensive History of Texas, I 536.
2 Bennet, in THE QUARTERLY, II 315, says Jessie [Jesse] McCoy, Joseph
Kent, Graves Fulchear, and W. W. Arrington kept watch at the river.
Kent told Bennet afterward that he and Fulchear, in their hiding places,
could scarcely resist the temptation to shoot at the Mexicans as they came
to the opposite bank to water their animals.
8 It is upon this report, dated September 29, 1835 (Bexar Archives), that
the above account is based.
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