The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 29
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General Austin's Order Book for Campaign of 1835.
Head Quarters, Camp Salado,
Oct. 24, 1835
To the Council of Safety etc
I recd. on yesterday your private Communication of 16th inst.
I confess I feel great delicacy in taking any measure in regard
to the suspected, it may be guilty individual referred to (J A W).
In the first place as he lives and conducts his operations, what
ever they may be without the limits of the Department from
which I have derived all my powers I should be reluctant to stretch
my authority so far as to reach him. Besides altho the statements
in regard to his imputed conduct, have no doubt come from the
most respectable Sources yet perhaps they are not sufficiently clear
and conclusive, to warrant a proceeding against him at the present
moment so serious and responsible as an arrest. Even if I had
the power I should be loth to exercise it as at present advised.
Particularly as I am unable to think that the man, let his disaffec-
tion be what it may, can in opposition to the universal sentiment
prevailing through the whole country in favor of our proceedings
do any essential harm to the cause.
You will of course see that his conduct is narrowly watched
and I can only say in the event that sufficient proof [of] his
guilt can be procured, that I will not scruple a moment to go any
length in my power to have him immediately arrested and properly
Head Quarters Camp Salado Oct 24, /35
To James Bowie Esq, and Capt. Fannin
I received yours of this evening by Col. Hall who arrived since
dark I have ordered a reinforcement of fifty men to joint you
to night and the men are now out trying to get up their horses.
But it is uncertain whether they will all succeed; as many of the
number however as can get ready will set off as soon as possible
I am sorry to inform you that it is impossible to raise here
the ready money you want to purchase supplies. I send you how-
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