The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 46
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He said I was in the habit of informing the Government con-
tinually the dangers of a rebellion. . . 1
Evidently Gaines was making complaints against some of the
settlers to Saucedo, as a letter from Norris to Austin on October
3, 1826, may be considered to admit:
Nacogdoches October 3rd 1826
Col Steven F Austin
Sir I recd your letter of the 10th wherein you state I mis-
understood your meaning about gains if I did I am quite happy
to say I truely glad as I know he has stated nothing against those
inhabitants except he hass pass it around this place and I know
him to be a man of more sense he has his enemys as we all have
his reports to government has been in their favour of them in-
habitants until they come out in a verry singular way and then
he did not report them. 1. [Austin must have written
and stated he would hear both sides of the case, etc.]
Just what seems to have been behind the troubles at Nacog-
doches at this time? Briefly, Sepuilveda and Norris, who occu-
pied the position of alcalde during 1825 and 1826, frequently
backed by Saucedo, made "invidious distinctions""' against Amer-
icans in favor of Mexican favorites. According to Yoakum, 8
"The tyranny of Norris and Gaines had grown to such a degree
that their American partisans had nearly all deserted them; and
measures were being concerted by the Americans to take vengeance
for the accumulated wrong they suffered. . . "
The situation in the spring of 1826 was a dangerous one for
those concerned. The settlers were having trouble with the Ed-
wards brothers over the question of land titles and at the same
time Norris, as alcalde, backed by Sepilveda's military company,
(ostensibly for protection of the settlers,) was, according to B. W.
Edwards, grafting in suits before him at the rate of twenty and
twenty-five dollars per suit.'9 Gaines seems, too, to have been
"n(Sept. 6th, 1826.)
"~Barker, The Austin Papers, I, 1470, as cited.
12'D. G. Wiooten (ed.), A Comprehensive History of Texas, 1685-1897, I.
Part I, reprints of Yoakum's History of Temas, 1685-1845 (original texts
and notes and new notes, Dallas, 1898), I, 119.
" Ibid., 119.
12B. W. Edwards to Austin, July 21, in The Austin Papers, II, 1380-
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