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them & that it was Said in St. Antonio about Seventeen Thou-
sand lives on both Sides had been lost, the republican or Inde-
pendent party were like to prevail. That all the regular Troops
(consisting of about 300 Men) at St. Antonio had Received
Orders to repair to Saltee [Saltillo] in order to Support the
Monarchist who were like to be Overpowered by the repub-
licans.'' That an Ecclesiastic headed them, that a Republican
Congress was to meet at Mexico, a Priest (a Young Man) had
been Elected representative for St. Antonio who openly de-
clared himself in favour of Independence.8" Governor Cordero
had refused to take a part or Act against the republicans, who
is Esteemed a Man of great Capacity & a popular Character.-
A Spanish gentleman from St. Antonio passed through this place
yesterday On his way to New Orleans, tis said on govt. Business.
This gentleman Confirms Substantially the Account I Received
from Mr Platt. This day I Received the Enclosed letter from
Mr P. B. Laffitte"l a very Intelligent gentleman who lives in the
Province of Taxus, who has every Means of Information & on
whose Veracity I Rely. It Corroborates Other Accounts. It is
generally thought here that in this State of our Neighbouring
Country Some precautionary measures on this frontier would
I Shall Consider it my duty in future to inform you of Such
Accounts from time to time as I may receive from that coun-
try to be Relied on.-A Most Inveterate hatred Exists Between
the Native Americans or Creoles & the European Spaniards,
Amongst the later all Public Offices have always been distributed.
with great Esteem
Your Obt. Servant
The Hon.ble William Eustis
79Jiminez, successful in revolutionizing the northern provinces, was
marching north toward Coahuila. Salcedo, fearing that revolutionary
propaganda had reached Texas, appealed to that province to remain loyal,
and not give ear to the false charges made by Hidalgo, while the junta
in Bexar made ready to send Texas troops to save Coahuila. AlamAn,
Historia de Mdjico, II, 94-95; M. Salcedo to the Faithful Inhabitants of
Texas, January 6, 1811, MS., Bexar Archives, The University of Texas
(hereafter, B6xar Archives will be cited as B.A.); Report of the Junta of
Bexar, January 8, 1811, MS., B.A.
soAt this time the revolutionists had not issued a call for representatives
to a congress. However, this may indicate that the plans of the rebel club
in Queretaro, which early in 1810 had plotted the revolution and planned
to call a national congress, had reached Texas; and that Texas rebels
anticipated the fulfillment of the plan for a congress. Bancroft, History of
Mexico, IV, 107-163.
81Lafitte's letter translated from the French follows this letter.
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