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Treaty of Velasco


This document is a copy of a public agreement between David G. Burnet, President of the Republic of Texas, and Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, General of the Mexican army. The agreement calls for an end to hostilities between the Mexicans and Texans and orders the Mexican troops to leave Texas. It also requires the return of confiscated property and the release of prisoners. A secret treaty, recognizing Texas as an independent Republic, never came to fruition because neither Mexico or Texas ratified the public treaty. View complete document




Articles of an agreement entered into, between
His Excellency David G. Burnet, Presi
-dent of the Republic of Texas, of the
one part, and His Excellency Gen’l
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna,
President General in Chief of the Mex
-ican Army, of the other part.

Article 1st

Gen’l Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
agrees that he will not take up arms,
nor will exercise his influence to
cause them to be taken up, again
-st the people of Texas during the
present war of Independence.


All hostilities between the Mexican and
Texian troops will cease immediately
both on land and 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 […] at shall
not take the property of any person with
-out his consent and just indemnification
using only such articles as may be--

necessary for its subsistence, in cases
when the owner may not be present
and remitting to the commander of the
Army of Texas, or to the commissioner
to be appointed for the adjustment of
such matters, an account of the
value of the property consumed"the
place where taken, and 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 comm
-ander of the Texian Army, or to such
other persons as may be appointed by
the Government of Texas to receive


The troops of both army’s will
refrain from coming into contact
with each other, and to this end the
commander 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 hosp
-itals, baggage etc. and to cross the rivers
any delay not necessary to these purpos
-es to be considered an infraction of this


By express to be immediately dis
patched, this agreement shall be sent to
Gen’l Vicente Filisola and to Gen’l T.
J. Rusk, commander of the Texian
Army, in order that they may be apprised
of its stipulations, and to this end they
will exchange engagements to comply
with the same.


That all Texian prisoners now in pos
-session of the Mexican Army or its
authorities be forthwith released and fur
-nished with free passports to return to
their homes, in consideration of which a
corresponding number of Mexican pris
-oners, rank and file, now in possession
of the Government of Texas shall be--

immediately released. The remainder of
the Mexican prisoners that continue in
possession of the Government of Texas
to be treated with due humanity, any
extraordinary comforts that may be fur
-nished them to be at the charge of the
Government of Mexico.


Gen’l Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
will be sent to Veracruz as soon as
it shall be deemed proper. The cont
-racting parties sign this instrument
for the above mentioned purposes, by
duplicate at the port of Velasco this
fourteenth day of May 1836=Signed
David G Burnet, =James Collinsw
-orth, Secty of State,=Antonio Lopez de
Santa Anna,=Baily Hardiman,
Secty of Treasury=P. W. Grayson, Atty

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