The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 47
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1835-1836
Smith, according to Fannin, continued:
A mob, nicknamed an Army, has just been disbanded
amongst us-and I am threatened with assassination .
He had no lack of confidence, however, and continued:
I am fully apprised of their designs-and will entangle
them in their own works, and ere long, throw them a fall,
which will break their own damed necks, and they shall
welter in their own blood.45
Colonel W. F. Gray talked with Smith, February 16, 1836,
and recorded that during the conversation Smith
abused Austin; said he is Mexican in his principles and policy,
and that he ought to be hung! Thinks Austin was opposed
to the meeting of the consultative convention, and that the
expedition versus B6xar was got up in order to defeat it, and
attributes the foolish or wicked terms of the Capitulation
to his policy. Blames Austin for the dissentions which have
arisen between him (Smith) and the Provisional Council.46
R. R. Royall, who had been a member of the Council, wrote
M. B. Lamar, December 23, 1836, giving his views concerning
the rupture between governor and Council. That part of the
letter relating to the dispute follows:
A Particular member of very Respectable capacity, and
the Governor were personally unfriendly which Kept alive
a Disposition of Jealousy and ill temper. In the mean time
the Imagination of the Governor strengthened in my opinion
by tales, of perfidious Eve droppers who wished to secure
themselves in his Favor by seeming to espouse his Interest
by Representing Falsely the Disposition and Acts of the
Council conceived that the whole or greater part were uniting
in Disrespect, and a determination to Render contemptible
his Depa [rtment] in this he was Deceaved as I am sensible
that the charges he made were entirely unfounded and only
2 members of the Council personaly disliked the Governor
and were disposed to Extend every Courtesy to his Defects
and Honour him as the head of our Provisional Government.
an assidious attemp was made for 2 days (while all was kept
a secret from the p [eople] to Reconcile the difficulty and
45Fannin to Robinson, January 21, 1836, Consultation Papers, Vol. I,
Texas State Library.
46Gray, From Virginia to Texas, 1835, p. 111.
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