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the Prisoners, & Sayed his Orders were to imprison all European
Spaniards & Sequester all their property, & it was understood
he had done the Same at every Post as he Came along. Governor
Salcedo was in Irons in St. Antonio, with General Herrara &
his younger Brother,"" the Major & Several Others, Governor
Salcedo's Secretary was shott by an officer of Captain Syce
[Saenz] for hesitating to deliver up the Keys of the Public
Office. This day a Mr Chirino a respectable old Spanish Gen-
tleman Arrived here from Nacogdoches with whom I have had
a Conversation at my Own House, he Confirms Substantially
the foregoing Account of Mr. Quick, & is the Bearer of letters
Confirming likewise the Same, he understood from Captain Syce
[Saenz] that all was tranquil at & about Mexico Under the
New Order of things, that all the European Officers and Priests
were deposed, many of them had lost their lives, & all their
property had been Confiscated and that in the General Provinces
all opposition to the Government of the people had Ceased, that
they were as much Averse to European Frenchmen as to Euro-
pean Spaniards, & were extremely jealous of the emmissaries
of Buoneparte that they did not allow themselves to be Called
Spaniards; but Americans. Capt. Syce [Saenz] had Nominated
Some Magistrates for a Temporary government of the place
& was to leave Nacogdoches with Nearly all the people that
Came with him on the 7th Inst. & return Back to whence they
Came, a free Commerce was not to be Interrupted between
Nacogdoches & this place"8 & there was a general rejoicing
Amongst the people on the Occasion."' It is said a General
Congress of delegates from the Provinces was Soon to meet at
Mexico to provide for the General Welfare. It is Said that the
ex Bishop of Monterey with a large Number of Priests & fol-
lowers, Sat off for the United States in Order to Save them-
selves from the Incenced Multitude; but Captain Syce [Sfenz]
"In February, 1811, Salcedo and Herrera, with their twelve officers,
were sent in chains to Coahuila, where they were imprisoned on the
hacienda of Don Ignacio Elizondo, near Monclova. Ibid.
G6The colonial policy of Spain forbade trade between Spanish colonies
and foreign powers. Upon the purchase of Louisiana by the United States
the commandant-general of the Interior Provinces instituted a rigid guard
of the frontier, prohibited the entrance of Anglo-Americans into Texas,
and permitted vassals of Spain living in Louisiana to enter Texas only
under severe regulations. In 1806 he forbade even communication between
Louisiana and Texas, and fixed death as a penalty for the violation of
this order. Only fugitive slaves from Louisiana were permitted to pass
over the border. Therefore, the traders of Natchitoches, desirous for trade
with Texas and Mexico, rejoiced at the abolition of Spanish rule in Texas.
Hatcher, The Opening of Texas, 95-104, 124-125, Appendix, Doc. 11.
"7The people of Baltimore read in the Gazette of March an account of
the revolution in Texas. It stated that the profitable result of the revolu-
tion to the citizens of the United States was the establishment of free
commerce between Texas and Natchitoches. Federal Gazette and Baltimore
Daily Advertiser, March 21, 1811.
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