frontier] or if I was a commissioner sent to enquire into the state of the frontier. To this I said that I did not belong to Ross nor was I a Commissioner, but that I was on my way to San Antonio at the same time acquainting myself with the frontier and then [would] report to the Government. He said that he was one of the band of Brothers, and wished me to understand that they could defend themselves against any force the Government could send to oppose them. To this I said I would acquaint the Government of their independence and save him the trouble of setting the Nation at defiance publicly.
Lieutenant Browne also reported that Major Richard Roman of Victoria intended to make a descent upon the Río Grande and capture Matamoros. "His object is plunder," he reported. "He intends the cow drivers shall be his Troops, but [he] has no idea that his intentions are yet known." Contrary to the Telegraph and Texas Register's report in its issue of September 4, Major Ross had not yet reached San Antonio. He was reported still at Gonzales, and half of his horses were said to be lost.
Two days later, September 15, Henry Stuart Foote, a member of the Mississippi legislature on a tour of Texas, wrote President Lamar from New La Bahía (Goliad) concerning conditions on the Texas frontier. A short while before in New Orleans on his way to Texas,
34. John Browne to A. Sidney Johnston, Secretary of War, San Antonio, Sept. 13, 1839, in Lamar Papers, III, 106-107. Carlos' Rancho was located in Refugio County, twenty miles below Goliad.