Stephen F Austin to Committees of Nacogdoches and San Augustine, 10-04-1835
Summary: Suggesting that muskets and volunteers be obtained in the United States. Object to drive Mexicans from Texas
San Felipe de Austin
War is declared against military despotism— Public opinion has proclaimed it with one united voice— The campaign has opened. The military at Bexar have advanced upon Gonzales. General Cos has arrived and threatens to overrun the country.
There are about three hundred volunteers at Gonzales at this time, and will be upwards of five hundred in a few days.
Arms and ammunition are needed; we have more men than guns. Could
not some muskets be procured from the other side of the Sabine? This
committee will contribute, and is responsible that the people here will do
the same, to pay a full proportion of the expense. This is all important—
That distinguishd and virtuous patriot Don Lorenzo de Zavala formerly
governor of the State of Mexico, and late minister to France has just
arrived from his residence on San Jacinto, and is now here at the residence of
the chairman of the committee. He is a citizens of Texas, and enters fully
and warmly in the cause of the people, approves very much of the position
they have taken against military despotism, and of the circular of this
committee of the
This committee relys on you to forward copies of this communication
to San Augustin and the other committees in that quarter, and also to send
the inclosed papers to some parties in the U. S. (circulars of this
committee of the
An express has been sent to San Jacinto and Trinity, it would however be important for that committee to communicate with the people of Trinity and Bevils Settlement, as it inspires confidence to know that the whole country is acting in union and with one and the same spirit and one purpose— This, as I before observed, is to take Bexar, and drive the military out of Texas before the campaign closes.