The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 250
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250 Texas Ilistorical Association Quarterly.
Three of the Liberty's men, led by James O'Connor,1 boarded the
Pelicano. Before others could go to their assistance they killed
seven marines, and caused several others to jump overboard, and
the remainder to seek refuge beneath the hatches. The prize was
manned with a crew and carried to Matagorda Bay, where she was
wrecked in attempting to cross the bar.2 The cargo, however,
was saved. In landing, some of the barrels were stove in, and it
was then that they were, upon examination, found to contain
It seems that Zachari and Company denied that the powder was
on board the Pelicano. When this denial came to the knowledge
of Captain Brown, he addressed the following letter to. John Gib-
son, editor of the True American, a paper friendly to Texas:
GALVESTON BAY, ;May 8, 1836.
To the Editor of the True American.
Sin--By Capt. Appleton, I am informed that J. W. Zacherie
denied that there was any Powder on board schooner Pelicano. I
do assure you that there was 280 kegs-whether he knew it or not,
I am not able to say. In addition to the above quantity, there
were a number stowed in barrels of apples, potatoes, etc. I have
found a number of letters on the Prize which proved the above fact.
I feel it to, be my duty to state these facts in regard to the Powder.
There was no mention made of it on the manifest.
My situation requires that I should keep a constant lookout,
and when I see the Mexican flag flying, I shall either take it or
be taken. I can not fly from a Mexican, and will not.
W. S. BROWN,
Commander Schooner Liberty. (Texian.)
In a proclamation of March 31, 1836, General Houston refers
to the capture of the Pelicano as follows: "Captain Brown, with
one of our vessels, has taken a Mexican vessel with 420 barrels
of flour, 300 kegs of powder and other supplies for the army."4
From the date of Captain Brown's letter above, it is evident
that he was in Galveston Bay May 8, 1836. Whether he relin-
quished the command of the Liberty at this time to George Wheel-
'Archives of Texas. file 2424.
2Telegraph and Texas Register, August 18, 1838, Austin Papers.
'New Orleans Commercial Advertiser, April 25, 1836, Austin Papers.
'Proclamation to the people of the east of Brazos, March 31, 1836.
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