Originally Posted by Baltis
Was this law the reason for Austin's trip to Mexico and subsequent imprisonment?
Texans met at San Felipe de Austin for the Convention of 1832 and 1833 to decide what to do about the Law of April.
Austin wasn't fully for the idea of meeting, especially since it was an all white meeting (about 55 delegates)
and no Hispanics were present. Sam Houston was at the 1833 meeting.
Mr. Austin felt it would have been better if the leading Mexicans of the area
presented the grievances, not Anglos.
He was chosen to travel to Mexico City and present the grievances to Santa Anna himself. He did, but
it took months of waiting and became frustrated at the lack of speed in Mexican politics.
While in Mexico City, waiting, a cholera epidemic struck the city, causing more delays. In a moment
of frustration, he wrote a letter to be sent back to Texas stating "that you will not lose one
moment in sending a communication to all
the Ayuntamientos of Texas, urging them unite in a measure to organize
a local government independent of Coahuila, even though the general
government withholds its consent."
Here comes the "oops" moment. After finally getting a meeting with
Santa Anna, he agreed on many of Austin's demands except for statehood.
But the letter had been sent and the ayuntamiento in San Antonio then sent
the letter south to Saltillo where he was arrested when he stopped there on
his way back home by commandant general Pedro Lemus. Three weeks later under
a seven man traveling guard, Austin was in jail cell No. 15 in the Inquisition prison.
The rest is History.