Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 31
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TEXAS REVOLUTION. 1
county seat, and Smith's plantation and Moss's Bluff were the two places put in no-
mination. A majority of three or four votes having been given in favor of Smith's
place, it was publicly proclaimed the seat of justice, and called Libertad. The re-
quisite municipal officers were next elected; but this coming to the knowledge of
Col. Bradburn at Anahuac, he immediately had Madeiro arrested by a file of
soldiers, and his next step was to send forth a proclamation, accompanied by a fife
and drum, declaring that Libertad was abrogated, and that Anahuac was the
The exaction of duties, contrary to the constitution of 1824, was one of the ear-
liest grounds of complaint among the colonists. About the 1st of May, 1832,
meetings were held at Capt. Dorsatt's house relative to the payment of such duties,
and finally it was resolved that we would form ourselves into a company, privately,
for the purpose of resistance to this wrong, but oensibly for self-protection against the
Red-skins, or the Comanches, or the Indian tribes generally. We elected Patrick C.
Jack our captain, but he was soon after arrested by Bradburn for accepting the
commission, and put in confinement on board of an American schooner, then lying
in the channel at Anahuac, under a Mexican guard. During his confinement on
board we made many efforts to get him released. At last we succeeded. One day
Judge Williamson (Three-legged Willie) and myself went to Bradburn on the sub-
ject, and having been refused on two successive calls, we made a third call the
same day, when Willie became greatly excited, and swore in a style peculiar to
himself, that he had come for the last time, saying that "he and Dr. L. had deter-
mined that Jack should have his liberty," and slapping his hands together, he said:
" I tell you, sir, Jack must come on shore, or you or I will be a dead man by to-
morrow. I tell you, Colonel, that all h-ll will not stop me; and Dr. L. is a wit-
ness that what I say is true, and that there are more besides us to make my words
good, and that blood will flow, if Jack is not released by to-morrow." At last we
were told that orders had already been issued for him to come on shore by 3 P.M.
that day. We then bowed and left, and went forthwith, about half a mile, to the
landing. Dr. Patrick was appointed by our company to receive Jack, and as he
stepped on shore, he presented him with a rusty sword, as a signal of our respect,
acknowledging him still as our captain. Two lines were formed by the company,
through which he was conducted, when, with hats waving in the air, and then three
hearty cheers, we dispersed. Bradburn, afterwards hearing of these demonstrations
of triumph, became much exasperated, and threatened to punish every one of us.
Dr. Patrick had been appointed City Surveyor, and he was immediately dismissed,
but as my services could not well be dispensed with, I was not molested.
About this time W. B. Travis and Patrick C. Jack found their way to the neigh-
borhood of the Hardins, who hospitably received them, as they did all strangers.
They soon decided to make their future home in Anahuac, with a view to perfect
themselves in the Mexican language and laws. It was at this time that many
slaves were advised to ask their freedom of the commander at Anahuac, who declared
to them all that they were free and at liberty to go-and come, and do asthey pleased,
like white people. This caused the owners, who were thus deprived of their pro-
perty, to entertain an ill feeling towards Bradburn. This promised freedom to all
slaves induced some to run away from Louisiana to Texas, and three of these soon
presented themselves to Bradburn, by whom they were received. Shortly after, a
young man named Winm. M. Logan, claimed them as runaways. But Bradburn re-
fused to give them up, except upon proof and the authority of the Governor of Lou-
isiana. Logan returned for the requisite documents, and soon came back with all
the proofs in due form, and a requisition under the great seal of the Governor of
Louisiana; and now comes one among the first causes of the Texas revolution.
Bradburn told him that the documents would be examined, and an answer given the
next morning. The next morning Logan presented himself at the appointed hour,
when he received for answer that the three negroes had asked the protection of the
Mexican flag, and to that end had enlisted, and he (Bradburn) could not, therefore,
give them up. This produced a feeling of alarm and indignation throughout the
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