The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 51
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Extracts from the Diary of W. Y. Allen, 1888-1889
.25 from any place in the United States to New Orleans and
.12 from New Orleans to Texas.-)
While I lived in Alabama, I met with Brother Holman, who
gave me this piece of History bearing on the Baptist idea of close
communion. He said he was traveling in a new part of the coun-
try and fell in at a Baptist meeting on a Saturday. The Brethren
having no preacher had met in Church meeting. They requested
him to preach for them. He did so to the delight of the brethren.
After preaching, they held a consultation and concluded to ask
him to preach for them on the Sabbath and administer the com-
munion to them, as they had not had a communion for a long
time. That they would receive it from him on the condition that
he would not partake of it himself, and that he complied with
their request. "Alas ! poor human nature !" as Bro. Daniel Baker
used to say.
Friday, June 22nd, 1888. Have heard some circumstances to-
day in relation to the Texan struggle for independence, which il-
lustrates the Scripture declaration that "the proud shall be
brought low," as also the doctrine of a special providence.
Lorenzo De Zavala was one of the first men to detect and de-
nounce the intrigues of Santa Anna against the liberties of the
Mexican people. Zavala was Foreign Minister, for Mexico, at
the court of France. Perceiving, at a very early period, the de-
signs of Santa Anna, to overthrow the Mexican Constitution,
Zavala offered his resignation, which was refused by President
Santa Anna. Zavala soon after resigned and came to New York
and thence to Texas, and told the people that they must set up
for themselves, for which he incurred the displeasure of many
of the people of Texas, for but few of them had begun to suspect
Santa Anna. Zavala continued to urge the necessity of breaking
off from the confederacy. A price was soon set upon his head by
the Mexican Government, at whose head was Santa Anna, or
rather he was the Government. The party of Zavala continued
to increase until it finally triumphed at the battle of San Jacinto,
and President Santa Anna was captured--in cog-by some of the
common soldiers and brought into the camp of General Houston,
to whom he made himself known by name, claiming his protec-
tion as a prisoner of war, and this in sight of De Zavala's house
8A later addition to the diary.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914, periodical, 1914; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101061/m1/55/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.