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Federalist Wars: Final Phase

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 months.

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 strangers.

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.

Mariano Arista[94]

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 you."[95]  Now 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.

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