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defeat was not an extraordinary event in the life of other man,' yet was he of such generous and ima
soldier of fortune. He conversed freely and provident nature, that he was often embarrassed
without reserve with those Texans whose aciquain- in his pecuniary affairs. Like Mr. Jefferson, Mr.
tance he had forme(d two years before. There is Mo)roe, and many other greater men, lie not unno
doubt but that his philosophic and cheerful frequently felt the iroin pressure of 'Yes aTgusta
temper had its effect upon the Texans, and recon- domi'
ciled them to the mea'sures of the President and '"It may be stated as creditable to his integrity,
Cabinet in sparing the lives of Santa Amna and that in the mnidlst of corruption ad pecttion and s eulatie
his officers. In 1840 Ahlonte was Minister of War lived ad and ied in poverty.
under Bustamente,j and was instrumental in sup- "In 1857, he had a severe attack of sickness,
.pressing. a rebellion inaugurated by his forner friend which seriously affected his intellect. The death
Urrea. After Bustamenta's overthrow, Alhnonte for of his wife, a daughter of., Colonel Edwards, of
a while supported himiself by lecturing. On the re- 'Wharton county, occurred shortly afterwards.
turn of Santa Anna to power, Alimonte was sent From these combined shocks, his mnind never enas
Minister to the UInited States. When Congress tirely recovered until the time of Ihis death, which
passed the bill for the annexation of Texas, Al- transpired peacefully and calmly on tlie 22d
monte denounced it and demanded his pass ports. l)ecember, 1850, in Wharton county.
Iie said "that America had committed the most " We have thus traced( rapidly and imperfectly a
unjust act recorded in history." In 1846' 'he was few of the leading events in tlhe life of this disMinister
to Great Britain; 1853 to the United tinguished patriot. It has been done under unStates;
1856 again to Great Britain. In 1862, near favorable circuinstances, and without pretense to
Cordova, he pronounced in favor of the French; in absolute certainty as to dates, etc. 'Yet in no
1863 he was head of the French Executive Council instance have the value of Ihis services been magin
Mrexico ; and in 1865 a member of tlhe imperial anfied knowingly. His character deserves a higher
household of Maximillian. At the downfall of the and more extended notice.
Empire he sought refuge in France, wlhere lihe died "HIe was in many respects a remnarkablee man.
in 1869. HIe possessed a wonderful hold upon the effections
of the the masses, over who'se passions and syml--w--=---c
plathie s his control was unl)ounded. The reckless
during of his own cicharacter contributed largely to
this influence. This, aided by a generous, unselILIAMSON,
ROBERT M. (Thre-lehy,ed fishl spirit, awnd captivating nIaminers, made him,
W1`7ite). A native of (GeIorgia; il early life jx wherever known, the idol (of the people.
afflicted with a white swelling, whichll "Inaccessible to tlhreats or ribes, lie was an
stiffened one of his knees; Came to Texas upright and honest jludge, who unflinchingly adin
1827, and located at San Felipe in the practice of ininistere( tlie law. In Congress and the Legislaw;
was Alcalde in 1834;, in 181:5 commanded a lature ie liad no selfishll purpose: to sabserve: Ihe
company in a campaign against the Indiais, and was therefore tthe able and watlchful guardian of
was one of the Committee of Safety at Bastrop, tle people's rights.
where he then lived; was in the G(eneral C(onsult- ' "His intercourse with hlis brethern of the blar
ation the same year. In l8:i(3, lie was Distriuct was marked with groat courtesy. owatril tlie
Judge; in 1840, entered the Texas Congress an (t yvunger memtbers, lie ever extended a helping
was re-elected to. represent Washington county I hand, and hreathled a ki(nd wo(r( of encouragement,
until annexation; and for several years represented( The writer is lbut one iof hundreds wli. remeinclber
the same county in the State Senate after annex- gratefully tlhe kindness exteniledi to tlemi ill ldays
ation. long past, by Judge Willianison.
Of all the popular lealers during tIhe pe riod iof "The l( (loquence (f Judge Williamiison inore nearly
the Texas I-Revolution, none wielded a more poten- resemnbled that of John Rlandolpli than of any other
tial influence than -R. M. William,son. -He deserves liistorical charlacter.
a more extend(ed notice; and we copy some of the i "When fully aroused, there was a fitre and vigor
closing paragraphs of a sketch of Ihis life which in his speech that surpass all description. True,
appeared in the Texas Almanac for 1861: there was a quaintness and eccentricity, but it
Altlhough his opportunities for acquiring wealth was all stampe(l with the originality and power of
and independence were unequaled by those of anv genius.
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