The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 84
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After the supreme council had made the above declaration, it is
interesting to note that they established the first Texas newspaper
known as "The Texas Republican." It was edited by Horatio
Biglow, a member of the Supreme Council. The paper, however,
did not continue for more than two months at the most.8
In the month of September, 1819, Long set out to establish a
small post at Bolivar Point, and to obtain, if possible, some muni-
tions of war from Jean Lafitte, the notorious pirate who was, at
that time, occupying Galveston Island. Long had already opened
correspondence with Lafitte.9 He left the garrison in command
of a certain Major Cook, and departed for Galveston with thirteen
men on September 22, 1819.10 Just what Long accomplished in
Galveston is uncertain, but he was gone long enough to learn that
an army of several hundred Spanish Royalists was advancing from
San Antonio under General Perez, and also that the post at Nacog-
doches was in a state of uproar and confusion. Long immediately
pushed back to Nacogdoches, only to find that those families that
had not already fled were evacuating the place as fast as possible.1
Long received news, also, that the men he had stationed on the
Brazos and Trinity rivers had been captured by General P6rez
and his men, who had been sent out from San Antonio and who
were marching toward Nacogdoches.12 Long himself barely escaped
before Perez entered the town on October 28, 1819.13
Long later met some of his scattered command at Bolivar Point
and implored them to remain at that post until he could go to
New Orleans for aid and supplies.'4 Before leaving, Long issued
a proclamation calling upon those who had originally belonged to
"Barker, E. C., in 8outh1western Historical Quarterly, XXI, 127.
"Foote, H. S., Texas and Texans, I, 206.
1"La/mar Papers, II, 62. Lafitte evidently had encouraged Long in be-
lieving that he could obtain aid, for in a letter to Long, dated September
30, 1819, he says, "I am entirely disposed to unite my efforts to yours and
fully prepared to enter in any arrangement relative to the organization of
the Mexican authorities in the port of Galveston." He says he would like
to have a private interview with Long but that he himself cannot leave
Galveston. (The original of this letter is in the Lamar Papers, I, 34.)
"Lamar Papers, II, 63.
'-Lamar Papers, II, 63.
"Lamar says that the failure of Long's operations in 1819 was due to
the lack of pecuniary means. "Had he been able," says Lamar, "to keep
his men together instead of scattering them as he was compelled to do, he
might have succeeded."
"Foote, H. S., Texas and Texans, I, 216.
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