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Austin and critic of Smith. The man referred to as Thompson was Alexander Thomson, Jr., delegate from Viesca Municipality (renamed Milam Municipality at Thomson's initiative in December, 1835). Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 59-62; Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, pp. 775-76.

7. [p.111]  Born in Ireland in 1785, John McMullen immigrated to Baltimore and thence to Matamoros, where he was a merchant in the 1820s. With partner James McGloin, he received an empresario grant in 1828 for the Nueces River area. His colonists established San Patricio in 1830, and many of them remained loyal to Mexico during the Texas Revolution. McMullen held a disputed claim as the delegate from this Irish town, but the Convention reversed the results of the election because judges had denied the vote to soldiers at San Patricio. He and Power both fled to New Orleans during the Mexican invasion. McMullen moved to San Antonio after the war and was assassinated on January 21, 1853. Handbook, Vol. 2, p. 122; Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 14, 78, 216.

8. [p.111]  Born in 1788, James Power emigrated from Ireland to New Orleans at age twenty-one to become a merchant. In the 1820s he moved to Mexico in pursuit of mining interests and obtained an empresario contract with James Hewetson in 1826 for an area around Refugio. He did not attend the Consultation but participated on the Council and as a delegate to the Convention. After the war he remained politically active. The Mexican wife to whom Gray referred was one of the two sisters he married, Dolores or Tomasita Portilla. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 404.

9. [p.111]  Born in 1778 in Mérida on the Yucatan peninsula, Zavala had a notable career in Mexican politics, holding office as congressman, governor, and minister to France. He resigned the latter position in August, 1834, in protest against Santa Anna's move away from liberalism and toward centralism. His motivation in coming to Texas included using it as a base of opposition to overturn Santa Anna's government. This goal evaporated by November, 1835, in part because of the failure of José Antonio Mexía's Tampico expedition. At the time Gray met him, Zavala had reluctantly come to accept the necessity of independence just as he and other Texans would favor annexation to the U. S. as a solution to the problems of governmental instability in the summer of 1836. Zavala became very frustrated by the inadequacies of the interim government in which he was vice president, but by the end of his life he regarded Texas as his country. He contracted pneumonia and died on November 11, 1836. Raymond Estep, "Lorenzo de Zavala and the Texas Revolution," pp. 323-34.

10. [p.112]  Houston's correct birthday was March 2, 1793, in Rockbridge (not Augusta) County near Lexington, Virginia. The facts missing from Gray's short profile of Houston are that he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives

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The Diary of William Fairfax Gray, from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837
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