The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 203
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The Carvajal Disturbances
ayuntamiento of B6xar.9 In February, 1835, he was elected dep-
uty from B6xar to the legislature of Coahuila and Texas and
acted as secretary to that body. He petitioned the jefe at B6xar
for an advance of money to pay his expenses to Monclova, the
state capital, but his request was refused.'"
In the spring of 1835, the legislature of Coahuila and Texas
passed a decree authorizing Carvajal to publish in Spanish and
English the laws and decrees of the state. The volume was trans-
lated by a Dr. Kinball and was published in Texas in 1839.11
On March 4, 1835, the legislature of Coahuila and Texas, of
which Carvajal was a member, passed a law authorizing the
governor to sell four hundred leagues of land. Stephen F. Austin,
who was detained in Mexico City, was opposed to the measure
since he believed it would cause discontent in Texas. Austin
hoped that Carvajal "would be more cautious" in the future.
In the summer of 1835, an order was given for Carvajal's arrest
because he had voted for the decree authorizing the land sales.
Carvajal was accused, along with several other members of the
legislature, of stirring up excitement in the hope of involving
the country in a war so that the land titles would be validated.
All of them were ordered arrested by Colonel Domingo de
Ugartechea, principal military commandant of Coahuila and
Texas at San Antonio de Bexar.12
Carvajal left for New Orleans, where in November, 1835, he
joined Fernando de Le6n and Peter Kerr in chartering a vessel,
the Hannah Elizabeth. They loaded it with provisions and mer-
chandise and left for the Garcitas, which is a small stream, flow-
ing into Lavaca Bay on the Texas coast. The vessel, which ulti-
mately was destined for Victoria, was captured near Matagorda
oNacogdoches Archives (transcripts, University of Texas Library), LV, 51; LXIII,
28, 31, 35, 124; LXXIV, 116; LXXX, 38.
10Report of District Electors, February 8, 1835; Carvajal to jefe, February 23,
1835; Gaspar Flores to jefe, February 26, 1835, Bexar Archives (MSS., University
of Texas Library).
11Governor and legislature of Coahuila and Texas to Carvajal, May 18, 1835,
Bexar Archives (MS., University of Texas Library); Chabot, With Makers of San
12Austin to Williams, April 15, 1835, in Barker (ed.), Austin Papers, III, 62.
Carvajal to Smith, July 4, 1835; Kerr to Chambers, July 5, 1835; Ugartechea to
commandant militar de Goliad, July 29, 1835; Ugartechea to commandant general
at Matamoros, August 8, 1835, Bexar Archives (MSS., University of Texas Library).
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