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: 96 of 227
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yet arrived. I look to the Colonies alone for aid: unless
it arrives soon, I shall have to fight the enemy on
his own terms. I feel confident that the determined
valor and desperate courage heretofore evinced by my
men will not fail them in the last struggle; and al.
though they may be sacrificed to the vengeance of a
Gothic enemy, the victory will cost so dear, that it
will be worse for him than a defeat. God and Texas!
Victory or death !"
In a letter to a friend he savs:
" I am still here, in fine spirits. With one hundred
and forty men I have held this place ten days against a
force variously estimated at from fifteen hundred to six
thousand; and I shall continue to hold it till I get relief
from my countrymen, or I will perish in its defence.
We have had a shower of bombs andcannon balls continually
falling among us the whole time, yet none of
us have fallen. We have been miraculously preserved.
We had an action on the 25th ult. in which we repulsed
the enemy with considerable loss: on the night of the
25th, they made another attempt to charge us in the rear
of the fort; but we received them gallantly, by a discharge
of grape shot and musquetry, and they took to
their scrapers immediately. They are now encamped
under entrenchments, on all sides of us. * *
"All our couriers have gotten out without being
caught, and a company of thirty.two men from Gonzales
got in two nights ago; and Col. Bonham got in today,
by coming between the powder-house and the ene.
my's encampment. * * * *
Let the Convention go on and make a Declaration of
Independence; and we will then understand, and the
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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/m1/96/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .