The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 267
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Life of General Don Manuel de Mier y Terdin
of the mischievous nature of this condition. He further dis-
approves of Mier y Teran's action in turning over to Busta-
mante certain compromising letters from Jose Maria Alpuche,
who headed a group in the Chamber of Representatives who
looked to Santa Anna and Mier y Teran to lead a counter-
revolution against Bustamante's usurpation. Alpuche had
opposed Mier y Tern's appointment as plenipotentiary to
Britain; and Zavala indicates that personal resentment might
be the key to the latter's action."'
On January 1, 1830, Bustamante, as vice-president, assumed
the office of chief executive of Mexico. He appointed to his
cabinet Ldcas Alaman, Minister of Interior and Foreign Rela-
tions; Jos6 Ignacio Espinosa Vidaurre, Minister of Justice and
Ecclesiastical Affairs; Rafael Mangino, Minister of the Treas-
ury; and Jos6 Antonio Facio, Minister of War and Navy. He
offered the war and navy post to General Mier y TerAn, who
declined it.3 Facio and Mier y Teran had been fellow-students
in the College of Mines,3 and were close friends. Thus, when
Mier y TerAn turned his attention to affairs in Texas, he had
three close, personal friends high in government positions who
promoted the operation of his plans. His friendship with
Alaman, as we have seen, began when they were members of the
ministry under the poder ejecutivo. His friendly relations with
Bustamante began when the boundary commission reached
Laredo in February, 1828.
(To be continued)
34L. de Zavala, Ensayo Hist6rico, 1845 edition, II, 194-195. As a result
of Mier y Tertn's accusations Alpuche was exiled for a period of six years.
M. Rivera, Historia de Jalapa, II, 590. N. Zamacois, Historia de Mdjico,
XI, 835, gives the date of Alpuche's letter, January 23, 1830, and says
that Mier y Teran sent all the evidence to Facio, Minister of War. See
also J. SuArez y Navarro, Historia de Mexico, 199-200.
35H. H. Bancroft, History of Mexico, V, 95; N. Zamacois, Historia de
Mdjico, XI, 831.
a6Jos6 C. Valades, Alamdn, Estadista a Historiador, 235.
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