Southwestern Historical Quarterly
To GENL. A. S. JOHNSON Feby 11, 1837
The above is sent for your information. How far the enemy will
be enabled to execute their plans of invasion is impossible to tell.
Colonel Bee1a and Almonte's arrived at Washington City on the
17th Ult. and Genl. Santa Anna,14 Col. Hockley,'5 and Major Pat-
ton18 were expected the 18th. The prospect of our recognition is
thought to be very favorable by our friends in Washington, as well
as our Minister, Mr. Wharton.17 The earliest news will be sent to
you of any thing favorable or otherwise! It is all important to have
Boats on the Navidad and more on the Colorado so that should
the waters rise, supplies of men, provisions, etc. could arrive. The
latest advices from Tampico was the 7th Jany. We are in daily
expectation of some important intelligence from the States. I have
anxiously expected news from Colonel Seguins Post. It is stated
here that a Mr. Navarro from the Interior has lately arrived at
San Antonio, but what news he brings is not known. The Brutus
and Invincible"' are said to be released, but have not yet arrived
in our waters that I have heard.
I learn with great pleasure that the army is in fine condition
and as it is is [sic] the salvation of the country. I hope sincerely
that harmony will obtain in it, and all things conduce to the true
interest of the country. I am using all possible endeavours to get
Beefs to the army and sent what cavalry that I possibly can as
scouts and spies. I have ordered Colonel Karnes"s and Major Cooke20
with Colonel Wells21 who is now here! I confidently rely on every
thing possible being done for the country that can be accomplished
by the army. The news from Mexico in relation to affairs in the
s2Bernard E. Bee. Bee, Hockley and Patton had accompanied Santa Anna and
Almonte to Washington where it was hoped that the Mexican general could
negotiate with the United States for the transfer of Texas from Mexico to the
1sJuan Nepomuceno Almonte was taken prisoner along with Santa Anna at San
Jacinto. He accompanied Santa Anna back to Mexico after the trip to Washington.
14Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
leGeorge W. Hockley.
1oW. H. Patton.
17William H. Wharton.
isThe Brutus and the Invincible were both 125 ton schooners belonging to the
navy of the Republic of Texas. At the time the schooners were both in New York
for repairs. The Invincible returned to Galveston on March 14, and the Brutus, on
19Henry Wax Karnes.
20Probably William G. Cooke.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed December 1, 2015.