The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 43
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Life of General Don Manuel de Mier y Terdn
rite group favored centralism. L6pez de Santa Anna was known
to favor the Scottish rite faction which, among other things,
demanded the expulsion of Poinsett, who sponsored the Yorkists
in Mexico. The vice-president, NicolAs Bravo, in December,
1827, lent his name and influence to the Plan of Montafio, which
took its name from a revolutionary leader who first proclaimed
it. Though his brother, Manuel, actively supported the plan,
Santa Anna, strangely enough, condemned it, and offered his
services against it to the Government. The Minister of War,
G6mez Pedraza, turned the military forces over to Vicente
Guerrero, who soon put down the revolt. The leaders, Bravo,
Manuel de Santa Anna, and others were exiled. The Plan of
Montafo was proclaimed on December 23, 1827, and the in-
surgents were defeated January 7, 1828, but news of the Plan
had spread far and wide.24
General Anastasio Bustamante,25 military commander of the
Eastern Interior Provinces, who was at the time stationed at
Laredo, was advised by President Victoria of these movements
in Mexico. It was suspected, on account of the connections of
Mier y Terin with Bravo during the revolution and under the
poder ejecutivo, that he was in accord with the proclamation of
the Plan of MontaTio. Bustamante was charged to watch his
conduct carefully, and for that reason he wrote him to come
by Laredo on his way to the frontier. Bustamante pointed out
to Mier y Teran that Laredo was located on the safest and
most suitable route and that, besides, he wished to confer with
him on important matters. Mier y Teran understood perfectly
why he was invited to Laredo, but in order to dispel any sus-
picions he complied.26
The country south of Laredo was dry and hot. The members
of the expedition were suffering from thirst by the time they
reached the Rio Grande, where Bustamante met them on the
24The three principal demands of the Plan were the abolition of secret
societies, a change in ministry, and the expulsion of Poinsett. El Demo-
crdtico Federal (Durango) January 17 and 24, 1828; F. de Paula de
Arrangoiz, Mdjico desde 1808 hasta 1867, II, 182-185; N. Zamacoiz, His-
toria de Mdjico, XI, 652-664; M. Rivera, Historia Antigua y Moderna de
Jalapa, II, 450-459.
25No relative of the historian, Carlos Maria de Bustamante.
26V. Filisola, La Guerra de Tejas, I, 140-141. Padilla in his letter to
Austin, January 12, 1828, stated that Mier y Teran denied any Masonic
connections, but he was positive that he was a member of the Scottish rite.
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