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Texas he immediately applied for headrights. In one of these
applications, he describes himself as a bachelor, and in the other
as a widower.' This registration is dated April, 1831.
He soon settled at Anahuac, where he set up a law office. There
he came into contact with Bradburn, the Mexican Military Com-
mandant. Travis took a leading part in resisting Bradburn's
tyranny, and in 1832, along with others, he was seized and im-
prisoned in the barracks of the garrison. After considerable dis-
turbance, he and his fellow prisoners were released without trial.
From that time on Travis was -one of the foremost leaders of what
is known as the "war party," a faction of the Texans who were
always ready to assert and to maintain their rights, by force if
necessary. Like his close friend, Henry Smith, Travis utterly
distrusted and despised all Mexicans.
In 1832 he removed to San Felipe, the capital of Austin's
colony, and formed a law partnership with one Willis Nibbs.1o
There he had to compete with the best lawyers of Texas, such men
as R. M. Williamson, T. J. Chambers, Ira R. Lewis, William H.,
and Patrick C. Jack, Luke Lassassier, and others of less note.
There he became in 1834 secretary of the ayuntamiento, and
probably had a part in drawing up the able petition,1' praying for
the release of Stephen F. Austin who was from January, 1834,
to July, 1835, a prisoner in Mexico.
In January, 1835, Santa Anna sent a small detachment of troops
under Captain Tenorio, to garrison the post at Anahuac and to
reopen the custom house. This act caused great excitement among
the people who felt that the conditions of 1832 were to be re-
established. A meeting was held at San Felipe on the night of
June 21, presided over by James B. Miller, the political chief.
Just what happened at that meeting is not completely understood
in detail, but it is thought to have adopted a resolution for defense
of the country against military occupation, and to have resolved
that the troops of Anahuac should be disarmed and ordered to
leave Texas. Smarting under the wrongs that he had received at
the hands of Bradburn, and honestly believing that Tenorio and
'Spanish Archives, Register for Milam's Golony, Book A, page 97,
General Land Office.
"OTexas Republican, February 14, 1835.
"Homer S. Thrall, A Pictorial History of Texas, 699, attributes this
document to Travis, but abler and more recent authorities believe that
it was chiefly the work of R. M. Williamson.
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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/m1/96/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.