The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 34
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On July 25, Dr. James H. C. Miller, of Gonzales, wrote to J. W.
Smith at San Antonio. He said:
"Don Lorenzo de Zavala is now in Columbia trying to arouse the
people. Have him called for and he will be delivered up. Wil-
liams, Baker, and Johnson are now on a visit to him, and no doubt
conspiring against the government."19
It is probable, judging by later events, that Dr. Miller's attitude
toward Zavala was not general among the other settlers, though it is
evident that his influence was feared by those who were not ready
to espouse openly a break with Mexico. On the other hand, Zavala
seems to have been held in high esteem by the major part of the
settlers. This would seem to be upheld by the regularity with
which he was elected to the popular consultations and the good will
with which his activity in those meetings was accepted. Indeed,
it seems that Zavala's advice was to have considerable effect in
pointing out the course that the Texans were to take. The effect
of his activity is apparent.
On the 8th of August, Zavala was prevented by sickness from
attending a meeting of the people living along the lower San
Jacinto River which took place at Lynch's Ferry. By this time
his policies and facility of logical expression had become gen-
erally known and he had been requested to address the gathering.
This being prevented, he wrote a letter to be read before the
assemblage in which he gave a brief sketch of current affairs in
Texas and the condition of the Mexican nation, as well as his
conclusions concerning the rights and duties of the people of
Texas. In part he says:
The fundamental compact having been dissolved, and all the
guarantees of the civil and political rights of the citizens having
been destroyed, it is inevitable that all the states of the confedera-
tion are left at liberty to act for themselves, and it is necessary
that Coahuila and Texas provide for their security and preservation
as circumstances may require. Texas and Coahuila formed a State
of the Republic, and as one part of this is occupied by an invading
force, the free part should proceed to organize a power which
would restore harmony, and establish order and uniformity in all
the branches of the public administration, which would be a rally-
ing point for the citizens, whose hearts now tremble for liberty.
"Lamar Papers, I, 218; and also quoted in Brown, History of Tewas,
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