Letters of Antonio Martinez
LETTERS OF ANTONIO MARTINEZ, THE LAST SPANISH
GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, 1817-1822
TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY MATTIE AUSTIN HATCHER
The University of Texas
MARTINEZ TO TI-HE COMMANDANT GENERAL
I am enclosing to you the sumaria of declarations made by the
prisoners taken in the battle of the 19th of the present month at
the place called "Dos Corrales" and likewise the papers found on
the aforesaid prisoners so that you make whatever use you may
wish of them.1
I have ordered the small number of horses captured with the
prisoners turned over to the troops. I am making but a small
charge for them because they are so very poor and because, hav-
ing been stolen on the coast, they will later be claimed by their
owners. I desire your approval of all my actions.
June 23, 1817.
In spite of what you say to me in your letter No. 13 of the
22nd of the present month, concerning the Spaniard Jos6 Manuel
Costilla, who was captured in the battle of the 19th of the present
month against the bandits and the Americans whom he was guid-
ing, I am enclosing to you the testimony ordered drawn up so
that, with it before you, you may make whatever decision you
may think proper. Under guard I am sending him to Rio Grande
so that the commandant at that point may send the prisoners on
to the governor of Coahuila because it is not safe to keep them
here, because I have nothing with which to support them, and
because I wish you to dispose of them as you think proper. I
am also enclosing to you a list of the names of these persons.
June 28, 1817.
'This battle is described in Martinez to Commandant General, No. 13,
TIE QUARTERLY, XXXIX, 232.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/. Accessed April 28, 2015.