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in November of 1835. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 15, 25, 47, 57, 81-82.

10. [p.52]  Neither Houston nor any other Texas leader had so much influence as to exercise a veto over the proposal for independence. Further, the Wharton-Smith faction (with which Houston had once been identified) and the army were in the forefront of those who advocated a clear break with Mexico. The Consultation that met in November of 1835 steered a course between submission and revolution, a moderate approach, which Houston did favor. It was Austin and his supporters who struggled to restrain the movement for independence; Austin did not become convinced that the timing was right until his arrival in New Orleans in January of 1836. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 46-49, 55-57.

11. [p.52]  The earliest survey map of Jefferson County (1840) shows the A. Huston land to be northwest of Sabine Lake, two surveys removed from the Noah Tevis plot, which was located on the west side of the Neches River. Joe B. Frantz and Mike Cox, Lure of the Land: Texas County Maps and the History of Settlement, p. 54.

12. [p.52]  The number of Texans who favored annexation was indeed large; further, the traumatic experiences of the Texas Revolution and the troubled life of the Texas Republic increased such sentiment. It was common for Texans of all shades of political opinion to characterize their opponents as ambitious, demagogic, and self-interested. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 253-66.

13. [p.52]  Augustus Chapman Allen was born on July 4, 1806, in Canasareaugh, New York. He worked as a bookkeeper in that state until moving to Texas in 1832 with brother John K. Allen. They lived in San Augustine until June of 1833 when they moved to Nacogdoches, engaging in land speculation ventures. The most noteworthy of these materialized as the city of Houston, which the brothers founded on a grant bought from John Austin. Later they were in business with the powerful duo Samuel May Williams and Thomas F. McKinney. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook.

14. [p.52]  Officially, the Brutus was fitted out to protect the Texas coast and to transport supplies. The Allens sold the vessel to the Texas Navy at cost. The schooner (about 160 tons displacement) was operated by a crew of forty under the command of William H. Hurd and armed with one eighteen-pound swivel gun and nine short guns. It arrived in Texas waters in February of 1836 and returned to New Orleans for additional supplies after the battle of San Jacinto. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook.

15. [p.52]  John Kirby Allen (1819-1838) served on committees to raise loans backed by Texas lands and also distributed supplies on behalf of the fledgling Texas

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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
Copyright 1997 William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas