The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 31
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1835-1836
inquiry with ample power to investigate the case, and were to
report to the government. They were to secure the Mexican
prisoners in order that they might be made to answer for the
safety of members of the crew of the Hannah Elizabeth captured
by the Bravo."
The commissioners did not proceed at once, and Barnett seems
to have been the only one willing to serve. Isaac E. Robinson
was later appointed by the Council to join Barnett in the inves-
tigation.12 It is probable that the investigation was never made
by the commission, although the journal does indicate that the
Council gained control of the prisoners.3
Some time later R. R. Royall was appointed an agent to take
charge of the wreck of the schooner San Felipe, which was re-
ported as lying on the beach "in or near Passo Cabello." He was
to report to the government the best disposition to be made of
the wreck.14 This was the last act of the Council concerning
admiralty matters as it was passed January 17, the last day on
which the Council pretended to have a quorum.
The advisory committee, February 1, advised that officers for
the navy should be appointed and crews obtained. The navy was
then to protect the coasts of Texas and co-operate in every way
with the Matamoras expedition."5 On the whole the Provisional
Government met with little success in carrying out its plans for
11Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, 672, 994.
12Ibid., I, 732, 745.
13Ibid., I, 704.
14Ibid., I, 801.
For a detailed study of the Texas navy see Alex. Dienst, "The Navy of the
Republic of Texas," in The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Associa-
tion, XII, 165-203, 249-275.
15Advisory Committee to the Governor, February 1, 1836, in Consultation
Papers, Vol. I, Texas State Library.
". .The committee further advise, That the vessels Invincible and
Liberty be instructed first to cruise on and off the coasts of Texas, when
there is any prospect of the Enemy's vessels, second to cooperate with the
expedition against Matamoras, third, when the safety of our commerce and
the necessity of cooperating with the Matamoras expedition renders it
prudent they will cruise through out the Gulf of Mexico, from Cape Florida
to Vera Cruz, in all their acts strictly adhering to the Law of Nations,
under the rules and practices prescribed by the Provisional Government of
Texas-and that the Acting Governor give correspondent instructions to
accompany the Commissions to each Commander."
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