The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 140
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a letter of introduction dated New Orleans, February 23, 1835,
which he brought to Colonel Ben Milam, and one from Spencer H.
Jack to Colonel John P. Coles, dated San Felipe, March 28. In
his letter Jack says that Barrett was introduced to him by Thomas
F. McKinney, and that he brought "high recommendations from
some of the first men of the United States."4
At Mina, Barrett formed a law partnership with E. M. Pease,
later twice governor of Texas. The two men had met in New
Orleans, and came to Texas together.5 Barrett sprang into im-
mediate prominence. The revolution was rapidly approaching, the
country was in confusion, and the frontier threatened by Indians.
On May 8, the citizens of Mina elected a committee of safety and
correspondence to look after the protection and general welfare of
the community and to keep in touch with political movements in
other districts of Texas. Barrett was president of the committee.6
At the same time he is spoken of as one of the commissioners "for
operating and improving the navigation of the Colorado River."'7
On July 4, a public meeting at Mina expressed confidence in all
the acts of the committee of safety, voted to continue it "with all
its powers," and appointed Barrett one of a special committee to
correspond with the ayuntamientos of the Department of the
Brazos with a view to quieting the rising excitement and avoiding
a breach with the government. One of the suggestions of the
special committee was that each municipality should send delegates
to San Felipe to form a representative executive committee for the
whole province.8 A nucleus of such an assembly met at San Felipe
two weeks later, including representatives from Columbia, San
Felipe, and Mina. Barrett was the sole representative from Mina.9
This joint committee, Thn the hope of averting the threatened in-
vasion of Texas by Mexican troops, determined to prepare a clear
statement of the local situation, assuring the government of the
loyalty of the great majority of the colonists, and send it to
"The documents mentioned in this paragraph are among the transcripts
in the State Library.
5E. M. Pease to Mrs. Eliza C. Barrett, June 18, 1838.
Wolfenberger to Barrett, July 10, 1835.
7Ira Ingram to Barrett, May 6, 1835.
8Texas Republican, July 18, 1835.
9Committees of Columbia, San Felipe, and Mina to Colonel Ugarteehea,
July 17, ,1835. M'S., Texas State Library.
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