The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 262
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Opposition to the contemplated infringement of the license which
the colonists had enjoyed since 1832 was not slow in manifesting
itself among the citizens, especially as they claimed that such dues
were not collected at any other point in Texas. Captain Tenorio
soon found himself surrounded with difficulties. In response to
his letter of complaint to the government, he, on May 1, received
a reinforcement of men, together with guns and flints, and money
for the payment of his garrison, several of whom had already
deserted to the Texas colonists.
In the meantime, lumber which had been sent for the purpose
of rebuilding Fort Davis had been burned on the night of the 3d,
and upon his reporting this outrage to the commissary of police at
Anahuac, as the work of one Mores, no steps were taken to arrest
the supposed offender. In fact, the citizens of Anahuac had so
little relish for the establishment of a Mexican garrison among
them that they resolutely determined to resist the exactions of its
officers in every particular. To. carry out this determination in
the most forcible manner, they held a public meeting on May 4,
of which I submit the following report, clipped from the Texas
Republican of August 8, 1835, published at Columbia.
ANAIUAC, May 4, 1835.
A respectable number of citizens of this jurisdiction convened
this day at the house of Benjamin Freeman of this place, according
to previous notice. Gen. William Hardin was called to, the chair,
and I. N. Moreland was appointed Secretary. The object of the
meeting was explained by Mr. A. Briscoe who presented the fol-
lowing resolutions and preamble, which, after a short discussion,
were unanimously adopted.
Whereas, There is no custom house organized in any part of
the colonies of Texas, nor any duty upon importation collected,
and whereas, duties have been collected here for the last three
months, this being the poorest part of a poor country, there being
an insufficiency of money to pay the duties on what importations
have been made, trade every day decreasing, therefore,
Resolved, That the proceedings of the individuals claiming to
be custom house officers at this place have neither been reasonable,
just, or regularly legal, it being unreasonable and unjust to de-
mand the whole duties of one small settlement, while the whole
coast, and border besides, is free and open; and illegal, because
they have never presented themselves or their credentials to the
civil authorities for their recognition, nor have the said authori-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915, periodical, 1915; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101064/m1/268/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.