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Frontier Raids, Threats, and Counter-Threats of Invasion

hoped to obtain the War Office for General Felix Huston. Lamar, however, informed Green in a lengthy reply to his request, that he could not agree with him in his reasons for removing Bee, "notwithstanding every disposition in me to gratify your wishes in the matter, I feel that I cannot do it, without offering violence to my convictions of what is just and right."[4]

Not long after the return of the Texan commissioners from the Río Grande with assurance from Arista that his troops would not molest the Texas frontier, Captain Agatón Quinoñes with a force numbering sixty men was again on the frontier. For a while he had his headquarters near the mouth of the Medina. On September 18 he sacked the Mission of Refugio,[5]  probably supposing it to be the home of Captains Creaner and Roman,[6]  since they had gone there to divide the property seized from the Mexican traders. In the west there was also the report that "the sack of Refugio was made by a party of Mexicans who have been regarded as citizens of Texas, and resided near Carlos' Rancho." Their object was not so directly for the purpose of plunder, as to destroy the records of the District Court, which contained bills of indictment against several of them as accessories and principals in the robbery of Colonel Karnes, and other merchants on the San Antonio, a few years since while returning from Aransas, with several teams loaded with merchandise.[7]



4. Ibid.

5. Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston), Sept. 29, 1841.

6. Goodman, "A Statement of Facts, Washington, Feby 10, 1843," in W. D. Miller Papers, 1833-1860, ms.; B. T. Archer to Col. P. Hansbrough Bell, War Department, Austin, Sept. 25, 1842, in Harriet Smither (ed.), Journals of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas, III, 431.

7. Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 1, 1841. The citizens of Refugio County, forced to give constant vigilance to the protection of their homes, petitioned Judge Anderson Hutchinson of the Fourth Judicial District to suspend the regular term of the District Court to be held in the fall of 1841. They believed that "the documents and papers appertaining to the district court of Refugio County had been destroyed and all cases must be commenced de novo, wherefore they were unanimous in requesting the court not to proceed to that county at this time." The matter was referred to Congress and the request of the people of Refugio County was granted. Petition of Citizens of Refugio County to His Honor Anderson Hutchinson, Judge from the Judicial District, Republic of Texas, Victoria, October 23, 1841, in Memorials and Petitions (Texas), ms.; Smither (ed.), Journals of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas, II, 166 n; ibid., II, 77, 166, 184; I, 128, 142, 154, 164.

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AFTER SAN JACINTO: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841
Joseph Milton Nance, 1963