The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 292
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
soon as his own affairs would admit of it he contemplated
sending about six thousand Troops into the United States to
take possession of the Territory of Orleans and proceed on to
Baton Rouge & Pensacola and punish the Rascally Americans
for what they had done in that quarter against his brother
Copatriots; and that in a conversation between Col. Lepsion
and the Baron Bastrop03 on the subject of such an enterprise,
Col. Lepsion observed that with Six thousand of his Troops he
could whip sixty thousand Americans; the Baron replied he
would in such a case prefer being on the side of the sixty thou-
The Deponent further saith that he heard Col. Bernard say
he had very important communications to make to the Govern-
ment of the United States, both in writing & by word of Mouth.
The Deponent further saith that it was the opinion of Cols.
Manshack & Bernard that Mexico was in the possession of the
Revolutionists, and that the Europeans of Vera Crusts [Cruz]
were making preparations to embark with their property on
board of some English Vessels, who were laying there, as soon
as they should hear of the fall of Mexico which was Momently
Sworn to before me
Signed-John Sibley I.A. [Indian Agent]
The foregoing is a true Copy of the Original in my possession
Signed; John Sibley
0s3Baron de Bastrop, who later befriended Moses and Stephen Austin
in their colonizing enterprise, had appeared in Texas from Louisiana at
the end of 1805, strongly protesting anti-American sentiments. He was
favored by the Spanish officials during the years from 1804-1810, there-
fore his support of royalists in the revolution is easily explained. Hatcher,
The Opening of Texas, 95-98, 121, 151, 174.
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