The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 39
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1835-1836
cated on false premises, and endeavor to ruin the country,
by countenancing, aiding and abetting marauding parties,
and if you could only deceive me enough, you would join
with it a piratical co-operation.
All of which means that the Council had not agreed with the
governor as regards the expedition to Matamoras, which he had
favored, and then opposed. The governor asserted that there
were men of integrity in the Council, "but you have Judas in
the camp-corruption, base corruption has crept into your councils,
men, who if possible would deceive their God." These corrupt
men were to meet with little success, however, for
notwithstanding their deep laid plans and intrigues, I have
not been asleep; they have long been anticipated, forestalled
and counteracted. . .. I am now tired of watching scoundrels
abroad and scoundrels at home, and as such I am now pre-
pared to drop the curtain.
In the opinion of Smith the activities of the Council showed
"a want of respect to my department," and, of course, to the
oaths of the members. These opponents of Smith were
parricides piercing their devoted country, already bleeding
at every pore. But thanks be to my God, there is balm in Texas
and a physician near. Our agents have gone abroad; our
army has been organized. Our general is in the field. A con-
vention has been called
and the Council could choose between apologizing and becoming
docile, or adjourning until the first day of March.23
The governor tended to exaggerate the amount of "balm in
Texas." It was perfectly true that agents had gone abroad; but
to say that the army, consisting of not more than sixty privates,
was organized was to be somewhat lenient with the truth. The
general was in the field, but was doing everything possible to
discourage the Matamoras expedition, and was soon to return and
receive a furlough to treat with the Indians. It is also true that
a convention was soon to meet, but the Convention had been called
by the Council over the veto of the governor.
The Council gave evidence of no unusual excitement on receipt
of this message. McMullen, Clements, Thompson, and West were
23Ibid., I, 759-761.
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