The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 400
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the U. S. they arrived Safe at St. Antonio with about One
and a Half Million of Dollars in Coin and Uncoined Barrs,
mostly Gold. On their Arrival at St. Antonio they were amongst
their friends for they all professed to be so; but the money
they had was too Tempting; a Party in St. Antonio by Cor-
rupting the Soldiers turned Sides for the Sake of Such a Prise
Seized Aldama, the Abbey and their Principal associates and
had them beheaded and are now trading to this place with the
Money. I Received a long letter from the Abbey Solerara
[Salazar] written from the Prison in St. Antonio when he was
laded with Irons a short time before he was Put to Death,
which was brought by an Indian who he hired to bring it to
me, he appears to have been a Man of Strong Mind, Possessed
the Nicest feelings and an Enthusiast for the freedom of his
Country, for which he died a Martyr by the hand of a Treach-
erous set of Villains, who killed him for his Money.
I have about Thirty Barrels of Salt at Rapides which will be
sent you by the first Opportunity
I have Sold none of your Medicine except what I have used
in my own Practice, which is and has been this Summer more
than usual. It is Probable Doctor Forsyth,07 will Remove from
Rapides to Natchitoches to make a Permanent Settlement. It
is Probable that the Doctor & myself will form a Co-partner-
ship. I have made a Good Crop of Cotton; from my field of
more than 120 Acres. I ought from its appearance Gather
Near 150,000 of seed Cotton we are picking. Since writing
the foregoing or while writing, I am Informed that Cols.
Manshack and Eight of his Comrades Incamped last night on
this side of the Rio Honda-0o Six Miles from here and are
Your Obt. Humble. Servant
Signed John Sibley.
Edmd. Randolph ESQ
Colonel Manshack and Party have Arrived Safe. The Troops
met him but did not dare Attack them.10 They will remain
here some time. Papers have been received here mentioning
that the Republicans have taken Mexico. I will write you again
when I have anything worth Communicating.
iOTDoctor Forsyth later joined the Gutierrez-Magee expedition, and
became an important personage in the Texas revolution in 1812-1813.
William Forsythe to William Shaler, San Fernando de B6xar, July 17,
1813, Special Agents, William Shaler, 1810, II, MS., S.D.
s08Arroyo Hondo, an affluent of Red River near Natchitoches.
109This paragraph was a postscript added to the letter dated September
110Sibley refers to the Spanish troops sent from Nacogdoches to capture
Gutierrez and Menchaca. When the troops overtook them they did not
attack them, as they were in United States' territory. Gutierrez "To the
Mexican Congress," Lamar Papers, 7.
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