The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 370
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
define causes than to egotism. You will therefore destroy what-
ever appears extraneous to your object.
My acquaintance with your uncle commenced in the City of
Mexico, at the time he went there to get Texas admitted as a
State.A I was then residing on a Hacienda (a large Farm or
Plantation) distant about 14 miles from the City. This Hacienda
belonged to Mr. James S. Wilcocks, Consul General of the United
States. I rented from him an undivided half of his Estate, we
kept house and lived together on the most amicable terms. Mr.
Wilcocks was a friend of Genl. Austin's, and through him I be-
came acquainted, and afterwards on terms of intimacy and friend-
ship with your uncle, who would occasionally ride out and stay
a few days with one or the other of us.
I can recollect very well, that during one of these rides out
to the Hacienda, your uncle observed to me in words of the fol-
lowing import, "Hammeken, I never advise any one to go to
Texas, but I would like you to see that country. You are of
the right age to grow up with a country." My reply to, him in
substance was, "that in order to be a Texian, I must become, a
Mexican Citizen, and that no pecuniary interest would tempt me
to that." This by the b:v was an improper remark, because. he
was a Mexican Citizen,-but my youth and thoughtlessness were
the cause. I added. "if Texas ever becomes Independent, then
Colonel, perhaps you will see me there." He replied "Pshaw!
By the time vou are as old as I am, you will think differently."
Whether his remark was intended for the former or latter of
my observations I cannot tell.
We had more conversation respecting the Independence of
Texas at the. same time, but I cannot remember either his ob-
servations, or my own-these things now seem to me almost as
a dream-when you awake, you can recollect the subject of your
dream, but cannot call to mind the particulars.
At the time Col. Austin was endeavoring to get Texas ad-
mitted as a State, I heard, from whom I cannot now tell, whether
from himself, Mr. Wilcocks, or some, other friends, that besides
other embarrassments which he experienced, were the intrigues
of Anthony Butler. the mis-representative of the American Peo-
8This was in the summer of 1833.
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