The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 291
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Reminiscences of the Texas Revolution.
own life, I was compelled to decline, on account of my anxiety to
see my relatives in the United States. At my urgent solicitation,
General Garay then released me from my parole, and left me free
to control my own movements. I concluded to start on foot for
Brazos Santiago, but experienced great difficulty in procuring from
the alcalde the necesary permit to leave the city. I was afraid
to apply to him directly, and all the American and Irish residents
strongly remonstrated against my doing so. I finally succeeded in
passing myself as the son of an old Irishman who had obtained a
passport for New Orleans, and had myself included in it; after-
wards I had a separate document made out for myself. The next
day I took passage on a brig at Brazos Santiago, and six days after,
landed at New Orleans. I at once visited the Texas Consul in
that city, Mr. Bryan,1 but found that he could do for me nothing
more than to furnish a free pass to Texas. Being out of money
and in rags, I was compelled to seek employment. I engaged with
a painter for two dollars and a half a day, and went to work paint-
ing St. Mary's Market, though I had never painted except in water
colors. I worked eleven days, at the expiration of which time I
drew my money, purchased some clothes, and accepted Mr. Bryan's
offer. He procured me passage on a schooner for the mouth of the
Brazos river, where I landed in a few days. General Burnet, the
first President of the Republic of Texas, then living at Velasco,
gave me a letter to General Rusk, at that time commanding the
army on the Guadalupe River. I walked to General Rusk's camp,
a distance of a hundred and fifty miles, in five days. He was in
daily expectation of the ad vance of the Mexicans, but excused me,
on account of my impaired health, from further service in the
army. I had a, severe attack of fever and ague in Victoria, where
General Rusk's head-quarters were. As soon as I recovered, I
went to Columbia, then the seat of government, and obtained a
passport for New Orleans.
Los Angeles, December 15th, 1870.
'Bryan was not officially a consul, because at that time the United States
had not recognized the independence of Texas, but he discha ged many of
the duties of -a consul.
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