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the Vasquez raid should develop into something more serious.
By the end of March it became obvious that Mexico would not
launch a general attack at that time. It was necessary then to
keep the Texans from committing folly by attacking Mexico. With
the discharge of the volunteers under Burleson, this danger was
lessened. The time interval between the actual invasion and
President Houston's call for the special session of Congress al-
lowed the invasion to recede from being a contemporary event
to a wrongful act of the past. Andrew Jackson was not correct
in his belief that Houston had saved Texas by his veto of the
war bill.50 Texas had been saved from a war caused by any hasty,
ill-advised act by President Houston's handling of the crisis long
before Congress was called into session.
The veto caused little popular disturbance, and soon "Old
Sam" was as popular as ever. The country soon returned to
normal and was not to be shaken from its lethargy until the
Mexican invasion of September brought forth another quite sim-
ilar situation which President Houston could not control so well
as this earlier, more violent reaction.
soJackson to Houston, August 17, 1842, in Williams and Barker (eds.), Writings
of Houston, III, 124-125.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed May 21, 2013.