The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 38
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
borne by those who considered themselves freemen. The com-
mandant of the post of Anahuac had by his arbitrary and unprin-
cipled conduct become odious to the colonists, and the reduction of
that post was first contemplated. Public meetings were got up,
committees appointed and resolutions adopted with patriotic ad-
dress[es] circulated calling for volunteers to rally and release from
arbitrary confinement their fellow citizens and redress their public
wrongs. It was not long until from four to five hundred volunteers
were concentrated on the plains of Anauhuac. A demand was
made for the release of the prisoners and a conference was had and
a treaty entered into. The stipulations were formally drawn up
and signed, and on the faith of which many of the volunteers had
returned to their homes. As soon as this was ascertained, the
Mexicans, as they are very capable of doing, committed a breach of
faith and the treaty went for nothing. This greatly exasperated
the volunteers and runners was despatched to the various parts of
the country to recruit, and also to procure some small pieces of
artillery which were at Brazoria. There happened to be a fine
American Schooner in the River at that time. She was immedi-
ately pressed to take the Guns ammunition etc to Anauhuac.1
It will be recollected that there was a strong fortress at the
mouth of the river Brazos [Velasco] garrisoned by about one
hundred and fifty men, well armed and provisioned with one long
brass nine mounted on a carriage and one iron four pounder on a
pivot. This fortress had to be passed, and whether the command-
ant would permit the vessel to pass out was questionable. The cit-
izens, and the officer of that garrison were at a good understand-
ing, but he was subordinate to the commandant of Anauhuac. A
public meeting of the citizens was called and a consultation had. I
urged the reduction of that place first, and to take it by surprise.
This however was opposed and a committee sent to, see if permi-
tion could be had for the vessel to pass out, but as might have been
expected, permition was refused. I then urged the immediate re-
duction of that post, and a committee was raised to take the matter
into consideration and recommend to the meeting what course
should be pursued. The committee met in consultation, of which
'For an account of the .disturbances at Anahuac, see THE QUARTERLY,
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