The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly

so land-loving and so anticipatory, as are the people of the United
States, can fail to perceive the advantages that would accrue to
them from the acquisition of Texas. The longer the settlement
of Texan affairs is delayed, the more fixed and general will be
their conviction of these advantages. Whatever professions may
be put forth by American Statesmen of the East, or the West, the
North, or the South, it ought not to be forgotten that, for forty
years, the heads of each party have laboured in turn to. extend
the South-Western flank of the Republic towards the Rio Grande.
It is a Stake worth playing for, and, in the estimation of Gen-
eral Jackson, even at the cost of War.
Representations of the probability of Mexican invasion have
brought to, this Port the United States Cutter "Woodbury" previ-
,ously employed in the revenue department, but, at the present,
commissioned for service here. The "Woodbury" arrived in Gal-
veston Harbour on the morning of the 20th Instant, and will, it
is said, remain until relieved by another vessel. After reporting
the Cutter's arrival, a local Newspaper adds: "We also learn
that there are two Schooners, a Steamer, and a Sloop of War
lying in the Port of Pensacola, expecting daily to receive orders
to sail for the Coast of Texas and Mexico."
It appears by the Texan papers that combinations injurious to
the public peace have, under the names of "Regulators" and
"Moderators," disturbed some districts on the North-Eastern
frontier. It apppears, also, that the authorities have, without
-difficulty, broken up these Combinations, and I only notice the
matter because of the comparatively large Militia force (amount-
ing to above Six hundred men) alleged to have been engaged in
their suppression. This force was concentrated at a place called
"Shelbyville," close to the United States boundary line, and dis-
tant about two days' March from Fort Jessup.
Had the project of Annexation been favourable to the interests
of the traders resident at Corpus Christi, I have good grounds for
apprehending that United States' troops would, before this time,
have been camped on the Texan territory If I have not been
misinformed, it was suggested to the traders that, if they would
manage to "get up" a pretext for their presence, they would soon
be forthcoming.
I have been told that, after the failure of the Treaty of An-


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