Stephen F. Austin, Plan for the Organization of Congress for the Empire of Mexico, April 8, 1823
In the commentary, Lamar refers to James Wilkinson, a former governor of the Louisiana Territory and accused co-conspirator of Aaron Burr. Like Austin, Wilkinson was in Mexico City seeking an empresario grant. He was to die there in 1825 still waiting for approval. Lamar also refers to Erasmo Segun, a San Antonio political figure who served as the Texas representative to the congress that wrote the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Segun was in Mexico City from December 1823 to September 1824 working to promote liberal colonization laws to benefit both his native San Antonio constituents and Anglo-American settlers. Segun was the father of Texas revolutionary hero Juan Segun.
[commentary by Lamar]
Genl Austin whilst in Mexico [in] 1822, met there
with Genl Wilkinson, in a destitute situation
without money or friends[.] Austin in one of
his letters to his family, say[s] that it is [a] strange
revolution in affairs, that the bitterest foe
my father ever had, I am now his
only nurse & have to tend him daily
in sickness etc.
Saguine was chosen from Texas Member
on the Congress at Mexico that formed the
Constitution of 1824. His expense was
paid by subscription of the Colonists, not in
money but in corn[,] each contrtracting [sic] as
many bushels as he thought himself able to give.
Stephen F. Austin, Plan for the Organization of Congress for the Empire of Mexico, April 8, 1823, copy by Lamar. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #47. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.