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eter 34---no wind. An Aid of Col. Duque arrived with des-
patches from Arroyo Hondo, dated 1st inst.; in reply, he was
ordered to leave the river Medina, and arrive the next day at
12 or 1 o'clock. Gen. J. Ramirez came to breakfast with the
President. Information was received that there was corn at the
farm of Sequin [Seguin], and Lieut. Menchaca was sent with a
party for it. The President discovered, in the afternoon, a covered
road within pistol shot of the Alamo, and posted the battalion
of Jimenes there. At 5 A. M. Bringas went out to meet Gaona.
Thursday, 3d.-Commenced clear, at 40, without wind. The
enemy fired a few cannon and musket shots at the city. I wrote
to Mexico and to my sister, directed them to send their letters
to Bexar, and that before 3 months the campaign would be
ended.  The General-in-Chief went out to reconnoitre. A
battery was erected on the north of the Alamo within musket
shot. Official despatches were received from Gen. Urrea, an-
nouncing that he had routed the colonists at San Patrici--kill-
ing 16 and taking 21 prisoners.  The bells were rung. The
battalions of Zapaderes, Aldama, and Toluca arrived. The
enemy attempted a sally in the night at the Sugar Mill, but
were repulsed by our advance.
Friday, 4th.-The day commenced windy, but not cold-
thermometer 42. Commenced firing very early, which the
enemy did not return. In the afternoon one or two shots were
fired by them. A meeting of Generals and Colonels was held, at
which Generals Cos, Sesma, and Castrillon were present; (Gen-
erals Amador and Ventura Mora did not attend-the former
having been suspended, and the latter being in active commis-
sion.) Also present, Colonels Francisco Duque, battalion of
Toluca-Orisiuela, battalion of Aldama-Romero, battalion
of Matamoros-Arnat, battalion of Zapadores, and the Major
of battalion of San Luis.-The Colonels of battalions of Jimenes
and San Luis did not attend, being engaged in actual commission.
I was also called. After a long conference,  Cos, Castrillon,
Orisfiuela, and Romero were of the opinion that the Alamo
should be assaulted-first opening a breach with the two cannon
of - and the two mortars, and that they should wait the
arrival of the two 12 pounders expected on Monday the 7th.
The President, Gen. Ramirez, and I were of opinion that that
[sic] the 12 pounders should not be waited for, but the as-
sault made.-Colonels Duque and Arnat, and the Major of the
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