Seguin's men, Arista flatly refused to make any payments, saying he had to seek advice in Mexico City. Losing hope of securing any remuneration for himself and the services of his men, Seguin returned to Texas in December.
In the meantime, Canales sought to prevail upon Jordan to bring his men across the river to receive their pay, which seemed to be no more than a ruse to get them on the Mexican side of the Río Grande, but Jordan unhesitatingly declared that he had been betrayed once and if he should be betrayed a second time, it would be his own fault. He left it optional with his men whether they wished to cross or not. A few crossed, but Jordan and a majority of those under him returned to Texas. Jordan proceeded to Austin which place he reached on Saturday, December 11, where he was, unlike Ross the year before, accorded a hero's reception. Those who crossed the river were imprisoned by Arista for two months, first at Camargo and afterward at Matamoros, and then turned loose without pay to return home by way of New Orleans. Thus ended the so-called Republic of the Río Grande, but the idea continued to haunt Colonel Fisher and others of the disbanded "filibusteros" whose tastes for civil pursuits had been destroyed by their revolutionary activities and occasional forays into Mexico.
203. Seguin, Memoirs, p. 20; Telegraph and Texas Register, Jan. 6, 1841.
204. [Capt.] James D. Owen to Patrick Usher, Victoria, Jan. 26, 1841, in Telegraph and Texas Register, Feb. 10, 1841.
205. Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 16, 1840, gives a report of Jordan's arrival at Austin. See also, El Ancla, Jan. 25, 1841; Texas Sentinel, Dec. 12, 1840.
206. Lamar Papers, VI, 111-112; Capt. James D. Owen to Patrick Usher, Victoria, Jan. 26, 1841, in Telegraph and Texas Register, Feb. 10, 1841.