security of the good faith of the general in chief of the army of the North,
Don Mariano Arista, we offer
Firstly, All Mexicans under the command of Don Juan Molano will separate
from and abandon to their fate the adventurous strangers (Texians) at present
among them, and immediately place themselves at the obedience of the
Supreme Government, under the following guarantees, which will be secured
with all the requisites necessary.
Secondly, All who sign this document and all soldiers included in the
accompanying list, remain perfectly guaranteed, not to be molested for any of
their acts during the present revolution.
Thirdly, All other individuals engaged in the same revolution will remain
equally guaranteed, provided they abandon it before the passing of two
Fourthly, We pledge to march in any rank that may be deemed fit, for the
object of making a campaign against the ungrateful colonists of Texas, to
verify with our blood that we have never been traitors to our country.
Fifthly, While the above campaign is getting ready we will retire to our homes --
Gen. Arista giving us the necessary aid to do so -- permitting those who live on
the frontier to retain their arms as a defence against the barbarians (Indians).
Sixthly, The aforesaid Gen. Arista will name the commissioners to come and
sign with us this contract after we have separated ourselves from the
These conditions will do honor to you before your compatriots, and will save
you from inevitable disgrace.
It is necessary not to lose time, as all depends upon the contest.
Head quarters, in the City of Victoria, 14th Oct. 1840.
At the same time the ex-Federalist governor, José Nuñez de Caceres, wrote
Molano, saying that he was in full accord with the sentiments expressed by
General Arista, whose heart, he found, was "full of generosity and
nobleness." He said, "I have seen with my own eyes and I have read in him the
great interest that he has for you, Sr. López and all Mexicans who accompany
is the time to save yourselves and cast into everlasting oblivion
past misconduct, and give to your country a day of happiness and returning
joy. I believe firmly in the word of Sr. Arista," but you must act quickly for
"there is no time to be lost."
94. Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 16, 1840.
95. J. Nuñez de Caceres al Sr. D. Juan N. Molano, Victoria a 14 de Octubre
de 1840, in El Ancla, Dec. 14, 1840.