The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 49
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Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
arrived on the Trinity and made camp on July 2. An extract
from his diary will explain to some extent his activity.
July 4. Started for "Plazeta creek." Soon after we discov-
ered the farms of the Choctaw Indians; we directed our course
towards the rancho of Buenavista.
July 5.-Don Vicente Cordova presented himself and read the
communication of his excellency the general-in-chief, Don Vicente
July 7.-We expect to meet the Indian chiefs or captains.
July 8.-About three o'clock in the afternoon Guimon, Boll, and
their interpreters, made their appearance; but, on account of the
rain, nothing was done.
July 9.-At seven o'clock we started to a rancho to hold a con-
sultation with the Indians. We read the communication of his
excellency the general-in-chief; the interpreters being inefficient,
nothing was done. They left us without any understanding, but
are to meet them in ten days, when they will determine. They left
an Indian to conduct me to Boll's house; which was done, and we
reached that place drenched with rain. I am to take the first
opportunity to speak to Boll, to show him by private instructions;
but I can do nothing as vet. lie has sent me to another of his
houses where I could conceal myself; for he said that some Amer-
icans were coming with a communication from Houston, the con-
tents of which I have not learned. Nothing can be done without
trouble. [From the ninth until the seventeenth Miracle remained
July 17 and 18.--In the afternoon of these days several Indians
made their appearance for the meeting.
July 19.-Bo]l, Dillmoor, and several other captains, came in;
but the non-arrival of the Kickapoos delayed our meeting.
July 20.--The meeting took place. War was agreed upon as
soon as circumstances would permit, and as speedily as possible;
the amount of our force to be taken immediately; including
Nacogdoches we have 540 men. At five o'clock p. m. Capt. Sa-
guano began to raise objections to the making of any movement
until the arrival of the army in the country when war could be
carried on with energy; but finally it was resolved that our force
should be in readiness at a moment's warning. At five o'clock
Boll left us, and all went away, including Cordova and the people
of Naeogdoches, about eight o'clock in 'the morning.
The remainder of the diary records visits to the other tribes,
and comes to an end with an entry for August 8.21
"2Copies of these documents found, upon Miracle were sent to the Amer-
ican State Department by the Texan Minister, Anson Jones, on December
31, 1838, with a claim that the conditions were made worse on the border
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