Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 37
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TEXAS REVOLUTION. 37
add such further particulars as he might deem necessary to the truth of this im-
portant portion of Texas history. The following is his reply:]
I have read with much care and interest Dr. N. D. Labadie's manuscript in rela-
tion to the causes which led to open resistance in 1832, and fully concur in his
statement of facts and circumstances leading to the first outbreak of hostilities.
The usurpation of civil power and the arbitrary conduct of Colonel Bradburn in
deposing the Alcalde (Hugh B. Johnson) and the members of the Ayuntamiento
of the municipality of Liberty, and substituting, in their stead, creatures of his own
-seizing, and appropriating to his own use, private property-arresting and im-
prisoning, without cause, citizens who claimed a trial before the civil authorities of
the Jurisdiction, if guilty of any offense, are a few of many causes which might be
enumerated, and led to resistance. Among the most prominent citizens arrested
and held in prison by Bradburn, were William 3. Travis, Patrick C. Jack, Monroe
Edwards, and Samuel T. Allen.
William H. Jack, of San Felipe de Anstib, on learning that his brother Patrick
C., together with others, had been arrested and imprisQned by order of Colonel
Bradburn, commandant at the post of Anahuac, proceeded to that place and waited
on Colonel Bradburn for the purpose of ascertaining what, if any, offense had been
committed by his brother and the other prisoners, and to obtain for them a trial
before the civil authorities, or their release. In vain did he urge the necessity and
justice of their immediate release or a trial before the proper authorities of the
Jurisdiction. No argument that Jack was master of, had the least effect upon this
petty tyrant, who with great effrontery informed Jack that the prisoners would be
sent to Vera Cruz and tried by a military court. Mortified and pained to think
that he could not release or get a trial for the prisoners, nor in any way better their
painful situation, he returned to his home in San Felipe, determined to make an
appeal to the people of Austin's Colony. On his arrival at home he called together
a few friends, and informed them of the result of his visit to Bradburn, and his de-
termination to appeal to the people. In this his friends agreed with him. The
most prominent citizens of the place were consulted, and a plan of operations soon
agreed upon. Colonel William Pettus and William H. Jack were to proceed to
the settlements of Fort Bend, Brazoria, etc. Robert M. Williamson was to visit
the settlements of Mill Creek, Coles on the Goliad road and Washington, and give
notice to the people of the wrongs and outrages committed by Bradburn, and solicit
them to aid in subjecting the military tyrant to the civil authorities of the country.
Benjamin Tennell and Francis W. Johnson were to visit the settlements on Spring
Creek, Buffalo Bayou, San Jacinto and Trinity as high up as Liberty. These ar-
rangements being completed, Horatio Chinman, Esq.. first constitutional Alcalde
of the Jurisdiction of Austin, was informed of what had been done. Each one who
had volunteered to rally the people proceeded on their routes. Wherever they
went they were greeted, and the people responded to the call Tennell and John-
son were the first to arrive at Liberty and communicate what was being done in
Austin's Colony and to solicit their cooperation. They joyously joined us, and
made common cause. After consulting the Alcalde-Hugh B. Johnson-and
other citizens of Liberty, it was determined to meet at Minchey's, a few miles
below Liberty, and there organize and concert such measures as the occasion re-
quired. As fast as the men from Austin's Colony arrived, they were directed to
Minchey's, where all were abundantly supplied by the citizens.
Some two or three days after the arrival of Tennell and Johnson at Liberty, a
respectable number of men assembled at Minchey's, where it was resolved that an
armed force, composed of the citizens of Austin's Colony and the Jurisdiction of
Liberty, should march upon Anahuac, take up a position, appoint a committee to
wait on Colonel Bradburn and inform him of the object of the assemblage of the
citizens before that place. We organized by electing Francis W. Johnson is,
Warren D. C. Ball 2d, and Thomas H. Bradey 3d, in command. This over, and
necessary measures for subsisting the force, the troops were formed and took up the
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