The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 48
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not to publish to the world the Defect of our Governm [ent]
already too weak to sustain the necess [ities] of the Country.
But his usual stubbornness prevailed and the Country must
suffer by the Passions of an Individual and the Council was
compelled to publish to Texas their own Justification as a
Body though I confess I believe there was a few very cor-
rupt members, in That Body.47
Lamar also records the following explanation of the quarrel:
A loan of one hundred thousand dollars was to be made
for the support of the war. McKinney was to negotiate it;
the council from some cause, perhaps the infamy of Williams'
character, refused to let William's name appear with Mc-
Kinnie's. McKinney told them that W-- was his partner
in trade, and as it (was) the transaction not of himself but
of the firms W's name must be inserted. The Name of
Williams with that of McKenny's was inserted in the draft
by the Secry. of the Council (Mr. Stewart) without the
Knowledge of the Council; when it came to their knowledge
they objected to the draft and said another should be drawn
in its stead; late one night at 11 or 12 oclk the Secy waked
up the Govr. and presented another draft for his signature
saying that the former one was annuled by the Council and
was in the office; the Govr. signed the second one; and after-
wards demanded the first one to be destroyed; but it was
not to be found in the office. As Williams was known to
be concerned in great speculations and perhaps not standing
very high with the Govt; Smith conceived that there was some
rascality in the affair which he could not fathom, and accord-
ingly addressed the council in tremendous epithets . . .48
On January 23, 1836, Robinson wrote the commissioners to
the United States of the changes in the government, and gave
the Matamoras expedition as the cause for the dispute.49
There is not a great deal of direct information on the attitude
of the public. The forces at Bexar, probably one hundred in
number, adopted resolutions in support of Smith.50 He was over-
joyed at this action, and made constant use of it, although he
exaggerated somewhat in saying:
47Gulick, Lamar Papers, I, 517.
48Smither, Lamar Papers, VI, 178.
49Robinson to Austin, Wharton and Archer, January 23, 1836, Consulta-
tion Papers, Vol. I, Texas State Library.
soResolutions adopted at B6xar, January 26, 1836, in Consultation Papers,
Vol. I, Texas State Library.
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