The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 36
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suggested on August 8th. To insure unity of action prior to the
meeting of the consultation a Central Committee of Safety and
Correspondence was likewise organized.23
Thus before Austin, the recognized leader, had returned to
Texas, Zavala had succeeded in impressing the Texans with the
necessity to act, had convinced them of their rights, and had been
instrumental in having a consultation called.
On September 1, Stephen F. Austin reached Texas, and from
then on he took particular care to see that Zavala was kept in-
formed of important developments. By the end of September
Zavala and Austin were living together in San Felipe. In a letter
written at about this time to his brother-in-law, Perry, Austin gives
his estimation of Zavala. He says:
Gen. Zavala is here and will live with me some time. Grayson
and others will be with us . .. I must be at all this expense,
tho I am compensated for it fully, by the society of such men as
Zavala and Grayson - there never were better men than they
By the beginning of October latent antagonism was turning to
patent opposition. As a result of some trouble in the Gonzales
community Austin was called to lead the Texan military forces
on October 6th, and on the 8th Zavala took Austin's place as chair-
man of the Central Committee of San Felipe.2"
Meanwhile, Zavala had also been elected to represent Harrisburg
as a member of the Consultation. This body met on the 17th of
October, but the failure of a quorum caused its adjournment until
November 1st. Zavala, pending the reassembling of the Consulta-
tion, became a member of the Permanent Council which was direct-
ing public business for the time being.26
With the reconvening of the Consultation on November 1st,
Zavala's former zeal for activity returned in spite of gradually
failing health. He was appointed a member of the committee that
was to draw the Declaration of Causes of Texas opposition to the
introduction of Mexican troops; he was made translator of the
documents for the benefit of the Mexican population of Texas; and
"2Wortham, History of Texas, II, 286.
2"Austin to Perry, September 30, 1835. Austin Papers, III, 141.
2"Kennedy, Texas, II, 478.
2Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, 509; Barker, "Journal of the Permanent
Council," in Texas State Historical Association Quarterly, VII, 261.
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