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. Page: 62 of 227
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expected at Bexar by the 16th, with 400 men, and " a
battalion of Lancers close at his heels"; that the committee,
from all it had learned of the disposition of
Gen. Cos, as well as of the authorities in Mexico,
believed that any attempt at conciliatory measures
with that officer would be in vain; that nothing but
the ruin of Texas was resolved upon; and that, for the
people, there was now no resource but fhat of War!
Lamentable! and, for Texas, fearful alternative !-but
the decree may be said now to have gone forth, and war
with Mexico to have been declared, though of defence
and not aggression. The committee, therefore, recommended
the organization of the militia in the different
municipalities, and the assembling of delegates of the
people in consultation.
Some time previous to the publication of this circue
lar, a demand had been made by Col. Ugartechea for a
piece of ordnance which had been unconditionally given
by the State Government to the citizens of De Wit's
Colony for their defence. Believing that the demand
was made only as a pretext for a sudden inroad and
attack upon the Colony, the people refused to give
it up. In consequence, expecting that Ugartechea
would send a force against them, they, on the 25th,
wrote to their fellow-citizens of Austin's Colony,
informing them of what had transpired, and requesting
Five days subsequent they again wrote, informing the
people at San Felippe that a detachment of about 200
Mexican troops had arrived on the 20th, and were
encamped opposite Gonzales, and that an attack was
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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/m1/62/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .