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informing him that he was there, and in chains, expedition to open the route from San Antonio to
but said that he neither asked nor expected any El Paso del Norte. On this iemonrable trip they
interposition fromn General Thompson, as he con- lost their way, and were at the plint of starvation
sidered that such interposition might not be ,proper, -one man actually perishing ofhunger; when they
and only asking the General to convey some were guided by Indians to San klisario, on the
letters to his family. 'General Thompson, never- Rio Grande, where they found fod and rest.
theless, set about obtaining his release, and as Their route back froit El Paso est. alishlid the
there was then a negotiation on foot for re-annex- present road by Devil's river, Fort Stockton and
ation of Texas to Mexico, General Thompson Fort Davis.
wrote' to Mr. Maverick, saying that if lie was And now, I approach an era in Mr. Maverick's
really in favor of such re-annexation and'would life without a notice of which I should siLn:aliv
say so, he thought his release would certainly be fail of doing justice to hiis clmiirat W-. rWe lhave
granted, as he General Thompson, ,would say to seen that in 1834 he was driven by his opposition
Santa Anna that any promise which Maverick to nullification in South Car olina, to seek a iholnt
made would certainly be complied withli. Mr Mav- elsewhere. In 1iSit0 lie tiappeared on the stugr (f
crick replied: 'I regret that I cannot bring myself public events, an ardent, zealous, and fearle.ss adto
think that it would be to the interest of Texas vocate of secession-and in this there was no into
re-unite with Mexico. This being my settled consistency; a Union tian as long as the Union
opinion, I cannot sacrifice the interest of my guaranteed and protected the dignity and s.vcrcountry
even to obtain my liberty; still less can I eignty of the States which compo,sed it, mud tlhe
say so when such is not my opinion, for I regard rights of their citizens; lie advocat.d anid strove
a lie as a crime, and one whilch I cannot commit. for secession when lie saw that thto,t riglts could
I must, thierefore, inake up my mind to wear my not be manitained in the Union, iand that the
chains, galling as they are.' General Thompson Constitution hliad failed to be the E'is its fnmaners
said that the virtue and constancy of Regulus, had fondly hoped and meant it to b,e. A slod,ar,
which had immortalized his name, did not excel his mind was too well versed in histtoric lore, o and
this; and he felt a special pride in this heroic his intellect too rich in the wisdomtn which d,duces
virtue because Mr. Maverick was a South Carol- lessons for our'guidance in the pres.ent fromn the
inian, his neighbor, and' the 'kinsman of his aninals of the past, not to k-,now that revolutions
kinsman.' ' once arrived at a certain point, contilui to proI
have dwelt at length on the history of the gress at increasing speed. A true Rpublian, !It
taking of San Antonio, and the adventures of the foresaw innovations which would sulwtitnt the
prisoners taken there, as they constitute the epis- will of the majority for the rights of the tinotrity,
ode of the Texas-Mexican war, of which San Auto- and which wouild change the who,le fabric of the
nio was the theater, and they may give sonime idea Government and institutious for which hi-s fathe.
of the dangers and hardships to which the old and himself had periledl their liv. es.
Texans were exposed. In February, 1.801 s ome of tlh ('ininsi.onrs
During his captivity, Mr. Maverick was elected of the Comnmittee of Public Safetyv, h was charged
by his fellow citizens of Bexar to the Senate. On with the delic.ate dity of pr,'curing thel retn-oval
his return, he found his family at La Grange, all of the United States troops frotti the State of Texas
sick; after removing them to the coast, near -and that all this Vwas athteted without bloodtst,
Decrows Point, he returned to South Carolina to and with so little iconytvenice or hunilhiation to
procure means to meet obligations which he had the officers aindi menl whlo lhad sO g I. l
assumed in many instances for the relief of his friends among us, constitute one M of his ighost
more necessitous companions in captivity. He titles to the respect and gratitude of his fe wgradually
sold his property elsewhere and invested citizens. And a very hittl acquinta.nc wit te
in Texas lands. In 1847 he returned to San An- situation of ailirs at that time will satisfy any
tonio, where he continued to reside up to the one, whatever views he may ntetain om t uestime
of his death, September 2nd of this year. tion sce , that
tion of s ecess i on.;: :-, tha-' t IRA fo;r ts1 -a, !' t},e
In 1838 lie took out'his law license in San An- Commissioners, civil wa-r woild ihae haeei jimagtonlo,
From 1838 until 1842 he was one of Hayes' rated in the State; the Federal troops--inmnerous,
minute men', and often' followed the trail of the well equipped and well comnanded, forini ' haitarauding
Indians under that celebrated chieftain. cenus for an army composed of the force,s w-Iieh
He accompanied his old leader, in 1848, on his the Governor had already commanded to organize
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