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Mexican Commander Requests Armistice

Arista could not do otherwise than to order Seguin stopped at the frontier, for it was yet a month before General Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga raised the standard of liberalism at Jalisco. Eventually, Arista ordered Seguin to leave the country, and the goods that he had carried to Mexico to trade were left on consignment to be disposed of for him. Recorded Seguin in his Memoirs,[20]

When I heard that they had been sold I sent Chevallie with some men of San Antonio to the place appointed by my agent, to receive the proceeds of the sale, but the agent not having shown himself, Chevallie returned to San Antonio empty handed. Shortly afterwards, an American, who came from Mexico, informed me that a certain [Francisco] Cavillo, who was on the look out for smugglers, had seized upon my money.

Chevallie remained with Seguin, and after the latter's expulsion continued with him until the return of his associates.[21]

As the Texan commissioners proceeded inland they found the Mexicans east of the mountains and west of the Río Grande anxiously praying for peace and the reopening of a safe and direct trade with Texas. They found their present condition deplorable, not only because of the oppression of their government but also because of the destruction of their flocks and crops by the drought. From January to August there had been no rain in that section of the country, and as they passed through, the Texan commissioners found that "the atmosphere had become offensive from the number of cattle which had perished from the want of water."[22]

Five days after leaving Guerrero, the Texan commissioners reached Monterey, where they were received by Arista with marked attention and politeness. Arista was pictured at this time as "a thick set, corpulent Mexican of ordinary stature, about forty years old, with red hair, large bushy whiskers, and a beard ten inches long, also red."[23]  He was

20. P. 20; Mariano Arista to Pedro de Ampudia, Army Corps of the North, Dec. 26, 1841, no. 450, in El Honor Nacional (Matamoros), Dec. 27, 1841.

21. Seguin, Memoirs, p. 20.

22. Austin City Gazette quoted in Telegraph and Texas Register, Sept. 29, 1841.

23. Telegraph and Texas Register, Jan. 6, 1841. Mariano Arista was born at San Luis Potosí on July 16, 1802, and died at Lisbon, Portugal, August 9, 1855, at the age of fifty-three years. He began his military career at the age of eleven as a cadet in the Spanish army, rising later to the rank of lieutenant. He served in the Spanish army until June 1821, when he joined the revolutionary cause. During General Victoria's administration in 1825 Arista became a captain and a

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