Monterey, where, it was said, Arista intended to free them, some of them having been held in close confinement at Matamoros for many months. The Texans were started for Monterey about the middle of August 1841, nearly a week after the outbreak of the Paredes y Arrillaga revolt at Jalisco. En route they suffered much from thirst and hunger. The officer in charge of the escort permitted them to buy water at ruinous prices from the rancheros. The Texans were charged with sundry crimes -- robbery, murder, spying, cattle stealing, dealing in contraband and making attacks upon the villages near the Río Grande. Berryman O. Stout was seized "as a cattle stealer among those coming from Texas to make attacks upon the villages near the Río
|Captured by Captain D. Vicente Sánchez in la Bahía:|
D. W. Smith to Daniel Webster, Matamoros, Sept. 26, 1841, (no. 178) Consular Dispatches (Matamoros), ms., microfilm; Mariano Arista to D. W. Smith, Monterey, Oct. 25, 1841, enclosed in D. W. Smith to Daniel Webster, Matamoros, Nov. 5, 1841, in ibid.; Berryman O. Stout to Waddy Thompson, Mexico, April 29, 1842, in "Relaciones Exteriores Internacional Estados Unidos, 1842-1847," Barker Transcripts from Archivo de la Secretaría, ms.
George W. Grover, a Santa Fé prisoner, recorded in his "Minutes of Adventure from June 1841," ms., under date of Feb. 25, 1842, that at Santiago Prison, Mexico City, was the "San Patricio Party taken on the Nueces": J. P. Ownsby, J. C. Gage, D. B. Fowler, E. Ballard, [Francisco] McCafferty, William Roger, John Jamison, Louis Trastee, Stephen Dincans [Duncastle], W. McDowell, John Seigmon, Dan Davis, Tom Pratt; and taken from Corpus Christi: Philip Dimmit [error], Santiago [James] Boyd, S. W. Farrow, Ben Rondo, H. Graham, Dr. Cottle & Towers taken at Monterey.
George W. Kendall, editor of the New Orleans Picayune and Santa Fé prisoner, reported several men taken on the Río Grande in the early part of the winter of 1841-1842; namely, Tower, Cottell, Pratt, Sutherland, and several others, who, he said, were being held at the Acordada. Telegraph and Texas Register, June 1, 1842. As for Drs. Tower and Cottle being taken on the Texas frontier, he seems to be mistaken. They had been arrested at Monterey a day or two after "two Mexicans who had been taken by a party of Texans near Goliad . . . made their escape" and arrived at Monterey. John D. Morris to Samuel A. Roberts, Acting Secretary of State, San Antonio, Sept. 30, 1841, in Garrison (ed.), Diplomatic Correspondence of Texas, 1908, II, 768-776.