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Republic of Texas Treaty
with the Nation of Mexico

The Public Treaty of Velasco
14th day of May 1836

---Public Agreement---

Articles of an agreement entered into between his Excellency David G. Burnet of the President of the Republic of Texas of the one part & His Excellency General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana President General in Chief of the other part--

--Article 1st--

General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna agrees that he will not take up arms nor will he exercise his influence to cause them to be taken up against the People of Texas during the present War of Independance--


All hostilities between the Mexican & Texian troops wiill cease immediately both on land & water--


The Mexican troops will evacuate the territory of Texas passing to the other side of the Rio Grande del Norte


The Mexican Army in its retreat shall not take the property of any person without his consent & just indem- nification, using only such articles as may be necessary for its subsistence; in cases when the owner may not be present & remitting to the Commander in Chief of the Army of Texas or to the Commissioners to be appointed for the adjustment of such matters an account of the value of the property consumed, the place where taken & the name of the owner if it can be ascertained--


That all private property including cattle, horses, negro slaves or indentured persons of whatever denomination that may have been captured by any portion of the Mexican Army or may have taken refuge in the said army since the commencement of the late invasion shall be restored to the Commander of the Texian Army or to such other persons as may be appointed by the Government of Texas to receive them--


The troops of both armies will refrain from coming into contact with each other & to this end the Commander in Chief of the Army of Texas will be careful not to approach within a shorter distance of the Mexican Army than five leagues


The Mexican Army shall not make any other delay on its march than that which is necessary to take up their hospitals baggage &c & cross the rivers--any delay not necessary to these purposes to be considered as an infraction of this agreement--


By Express to be immediately dispatched, this agreement shall be sent to Gen'l Filisola & to Gen'l T.J. Rusk Commander of the Texian Army in order that they may be apprised of its stipulations & to this they will exchange engagements to comply with the same


That all Texian prisoners now in possession of the Mexican Army be forthwith released & furnished with free passports to return to their homes in consideration of which a corresponding number of rank & file now in posession of the Government of Texas shall be immediately released -- The remainder of the Mexican prisoners that continue in posession of the Government of Texas to be treated with due humanity any extraodinary comforts that may be furnished them to be at the charge of the Government of Mexico.--


Genl Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna will be sent to Vera Cruz as soon as it shall be deemed proper --

The contracting parties sign this instrument for the above mentioned purposes by duplicate at the Port of Velasco this 14th day of May 1836-

David G. Burnet [President Republic of Texas]
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna [President Republic of Mexico]
James Collinsworth Secy of State [Republic of Texas]
Bailey Hardiman Secy of Treasury [Republic of Texas]
P.H. Grayson Attorney Genl.[Republic of Texas]