The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960

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rhomas W. ldl Letters
Edited by LLERENA FRIEND
[The following is the conclusion of the letters of Thomas W.
Bell, the first section of which appeared in the July, 1959, Quar-
terly.]
RUTERSVILLE, TEXAS, March 31st 1842.
DEAR FATHER.
After an absence of three weeks I am glad to inform you that I
am again at home in good health. As I wrote you when I started
that we were fully convinced of the truth of an invasion by the
Mexicans but it has turned out otherwise. They were sent no doubt
for the purpose of making a show of invasion and thereby deceiving
us; they left before a force of sufficient strength could be collected
to chastise their temerity. The indignation of the citizens of Texas
is now aroused at such an outrage and many who were never for
offensive war against the Mexicans are now for carrying the war
into their own country and extorting from them the acknowledgment
of our independence or bring them under subjection to the Anglo
Saxon race. An invasion will be commenced in a few weeks according
to every movement now making by our government, and if an army
of ten or even five thousand volunteers get together on their march
for Mexico it will be difficult to say where they will stop. Probably
the conquests of such an invasion will not terminate short of the
city of the Montezumas itself. Should this invasion be carried into
effect, I expect to make one of the number. I am again out of
employment and as times are so dull I do not know that I can be
better employed than by serving my adopted country although the
service is hard and the pay nothing; in a pecuniary sense. In the
late campaign to the west I visited San Antonio where stands the
remains of the Alamo famed as the theatre where Crockett and his
brave associates sacrificed their lives so gloriously in the cause of
Texian freedom. The Alamo is a ruin. The town is in a state of
decay. Cruel war for the last half century seems to have singled out
that devoted place as a favorite theatre for its bloody scenes. It
reminds me of the descriptions given of towns in ancient times.
The houses are nearly all flat roofed formed of stones and plaster;
except a few American houses that have been lately built.65 Some
6IIn February, 1839, the Samuel A. Mavericks moved into their home at the
corner of Commerce and Soledad Streets. Mrs. Maverick's memoirs mention new
San Antonio families such as William B. Jacques, William Elliot, Thomas Higgin-

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