The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 48
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Texas, together with a diary which Miracle had kept during his
journey into Texas. The instructions and the diary taken together
would indicate that Miracle was visiting the Mexicans and Indians
in the region of Nacogdoches for the purpose of fomenting a con-
spiracy, and it was probably due to his activities that the Mexicans
decided to revolt. One of the documents found on the body of
Miracle was entitled "Private instructions for the captains of
friendly Indians of Texas, by his Excellency the General-in-chief
Vicente Filisola," and it was apparently aimed to control his activi-
ties with the Indians. IIe was to invite the principal chiefs to a
meeting and propose to them that they and their friends should
take up arms in defence of the Mexican territory in Texas. After-
wards, he was to. meet several from each tribe, and distribute
among them powder, lead, and tobacco, "in the usual manner."
You will make them understand that as soon as they have agreed
in taking up arms, they will be rewarded according to their
merits; and that so soon as they have taken possession of the
places that I have mentioned to you, you will advise me by an
extraordinary courier, giving me a detailed account of the strength
of the Mexican force, and of Lhe Indian tribes, with the plan of
attack, that I may be enabled to direct the forces that are to leave
from this place to the assistance of those who are to operate in
that quarter. Make them understand that as soon as the cam-
paign is over, they will be able to proceed to Mexico, to pay their
respects to the Supreme Government, who will send a commis-
sioner to give to each possession of the land they are entitled to.
A second document, apparently written by Miracle himself, was
addressed, "Companions and friends." In it he called upon the
Indians to give their service to their country during the campaign
which was about to take place, and declare that he had been in-
structed by the general-in-chief to pay particular attention to
their behavior during the campaign and report it to him. "As
soon as the news of our operations are made known in Matamoras,"
he ended, "his excellency the general-in-chief will make a forced
march towards the point where our troops may be, so that in the
event of any sudden reverse, you will be aided, and a central posi-
tion fixed upon for your reunion, to be headquarters during the
remainder of the campaign."
According to the memorandum book which was found on the
body of Miracle, he left Matamoras on May 29, and after a lei-
surely journey, accompanied by Mexican and Indian followers, he
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921, periodical, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101078/m1/54/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.