The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 166
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are to be respected by all those who come within the legitimate
sphere of their actions; and although these laws may be unwise,
to resist them by force is more unwise and ill timed than the laws
themselves." The manifesto goes on to say that the duties are
oppressive, disproportionate, and in need of modification; but that
this change must be a legal one, and not brought about by force.
And the dissatisfied citizens are urged to abstain from any violent
measures towards the collector of the maritime customs of Gal-
veston. Notwithstanding this conservative counsel, Captain Ten-
orio and his small garrison stationed at Anahuac to guard the
port against smuggling and afford protection to the collector of
customs, were attacked by William B. Travis and fifty armed
Texans and forced to leave. This act of the Texans and Ameri-
cans at Anahuac was condemned by the municipality of Liberty
and the Central Committee." A sensational account of the attack
on the revenue officer was carried to General Cos, who, being not
yet aware that it did not carry with it the endorsement of the
majority of the Texans, in July ordered the sloop of war Correo
Mexicano, commanded by Captain T. M. Thompson, to the scene
of action to protect Mexican commerce.2 In violation of orders,'
to those of our alderman, and the sindicos corresponded with recorders.
These sitting together composed the Ayuntamiento, which had jurisdiction
over the entire community."-Lynch, The Bench and Bar of Texas, 20.
'Edward, History of Texas, 235; Kennedy, Texas, II, 92-94; Yoakum,
History of Texas, I, 339; Bancroft, North Mexican States and Texas, II,
1-56. (These works will be henceforth cited in this narrative respectively
as Edward, Kennedy, Yoakum, and Bancroft.) But Edward errs in citing
here as proof of censure for an act which occurred June 30 a proclamation
which he dates June 1, and which was actually issued April 17 and pub-
lished May 30. See above, p. 165, note 2.
'Captain Thompson was an Englishman by birth, and was at this time
an adopted citizen of Mexico. He had been in the Mexican service some
years. His appearance was unprepossessing, and he was reported to be
striving to make a fortune by fair means or foul. He was misunderstood
at this time, or his character changed materially; for later on he was very
kind to Texas prisoners, and ultimately took the side of the Texans. Ed-
ward, 248; Yoakum, I, 356; Bancroft, II, 161. Edward (248) and Ken-
nedy (II, 94) claim that his instructions were to make observations, and
find out whether the collector and his men had been massacred by the
Americans, as had been reported, and return to Matamoras as soon as
possible with his information.
'Colonel Ugartechea himself admitted this much in a letter to Stephen
F. Austin, dated October 4, 1835, saying, "I know you are right to com-
plain of Thompson's proceedings, which I still less approve, as they were
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