Benjamin R. Milam to Francis W. Johnson, 07-05-1835
Summary: Recounting political disturbances in Monclova.
I hope you spent the
Federal Constitution in all
parts of America. I had no countrymen to join me or perhaps I should
have done better.
We left Monclova on the
We were taken to San Fernando and kept in close confinement for one week—not permitted to write or speak to any person except in the presence of an officer, and then but in the Spanish language. From there we were taken to Rio Grande, where we were treated something better by Capt Barigan from Rio Grande to this place. At present we are under the charge of Col: Altapa, who is a gentleman and an officer, and gives every indulgence we ask for. From here we expect to be sent to Monterey to stand our trial, and I hope to be set at liberty. But all is uncertainty. The whole of this part of the state has and will support the Central Government. The Interior from the last information we have, has fallen into the Central system, Santanna is Dictator—the Constitution is thrown away and ridiculed by those who used to call themselves Federal Republicans.
The plan for the dissolution and destruction is laid, and every
preparation is making for its execution. In the last ten days two hundred troops
have left this quarter for San Antonio; and from the test information I
can collect two thousand more will be on their march in a few weeks.
Their intention is to gain the friendship of the different tribes of Indians;