The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 55
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Reminiscences of Henry Smith.
parties concerned. From the time that the consultation adjourned,
in the month of November, until the convention met on the first
of March was certainly the most difficult and critical time that
Texas has ever experienced. Many plans were concocted and aimed
at, which if carried into effect, would have proved, not only in-
jurious but ruinous in their effects to the prospects of the country.
I was well aware of all this, and did not pursue, so far as I was
individually concerned, what would be termed a politic, but a
patriotic course, and this the peculiar and critical situation of the
country at that time required. All of the misfortunes which have
befallen us-the massacres of Bexar and Goliad, can be fairly
traced back as having originated from that corrupt source, and
still most of those base scoundrels live and continue to exercise
their baleful influence in the public affairs of the Nation. The
troops at the post of Bexar, particularly, were restive and clamor-
ous, and anxious to have an opportunity to make a public example
of the ring leaders of that unprincipled faction, and only awaited
my assent to do so. I used every possible remonstrance and suc-
ceeded in keeping them quiet and preventing their march to the
Capitol, and this my dear sir I have long since regretted, and con-
sider it as the greatest error of my past life.'
At a large and respectable meeting of the citicens and soldiers
of this place, held this 26th day of January 1836, to take into con-
sideratioh the recent movements at San Felipe, J. C. NeillP was
called to the chair, and H. J. Williamson appointed secretary. The
object of the meeting having been stated by the chair, on motion
of Col. J. B. Bonham, a committee of seven was appointed to draft
1The document ends here without signature.
'This document bears the original signatures of the chairman and sec-
retary of the meeting, Ibut is written by some unknown hand. It is
found among the Lamar Papers.
'Commandant of the post of Bexar.
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