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as a bribe, a splendid watch, exceedingly valuable jewelry, and a
large sum of money, which, to their great credit, and to the credit
of the American as well as Texan character, they refused. He then
asked where their brave Houston was. They replied he was in
camp. Through one of the party, acting as interpreter, they asked
him who he was. He replied a private soldier; when one observing
the bosom of his shirt, which was very splendid, directed
his attention to it. He immediately said that he was an aid to
Santa Anna, and burst into a flood of tears. He was told in a mild
tone not to grieve, he should not be hurt. He was dressed in common
clothes, had no arms, and appeared dejected, complaining of
pains in the breast and legs, and of not being able to walk. They
proceeded with him two or three miles, which distance he rode.
He then dismounted, and walked into camp, where he was conducted
by Messrs. Miles, Thompson, and Vermillion.
When conducted into the tent of Gen. Houston, Santa Anna
addressed him as follows :-" Soy Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna,
Presidente de la Republica Mexicana, y General-en-Gefe del Egerito
The following account relative to Santa Anna, immediately sub.
sequent to his capture, is as substantially related to the author by
General was lying upon a blanket at the root of a tree,
with his saddle for a pillow, when Santa Anna approached his
tent, studiously inquiring for Houston. The General was in a
partial slumber, and lying, for the sake of an easy position for his
wounded ancle, upon his left side, with his face turned from Santa
Anna as he approached. The first he knew of Santa Anna's presence
was by a squeeze of the hand, and the calling of his name;
whereupon he looked upon Santa Anna with a mild expression of
countenance, which seemed to inspire him with confidence and
hope of life, which he had evidently expected to forfeit. The
General desired him to be seated upon a medicine chest standing
by, upon which accordingly he sat down, much agitated, with his
hands pressed against his chest. Presently he asked for opium,
which being given him, he swallowed a considerable quantity, and
soon became more composed. He said to Gen. Houston-" You
were born to no ordinary destiny; you have conquered the Napoleon
of the West." He soon desired to know what disposal was
to be made of him; whereupon Gen. Houston, waiving the question,
told him he must order all the Mexican troops in Texas to
march beyond the Rio Grande, and then spoke of his late cruelty
to the Texans, and first at the Alamo; upon which Santa Anna
said, that at the Alamo he had acted according to the laws of war of
all nations. The General then spoke of the massacre of Fannin
and his men, and said to Santa Anna, ( You cannot be so exculpable
in that deed, for Fannin surrendered upon capitulation ;" upon
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Newell, Chester. History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell., book, 1838; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6109/m1/208/: accessed May 1, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .