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city is that Bustamente22 is installed as president. For this I do not
vouch as much allowance must be made for all that we hear.
I have the honor to be your obt. servt.
To GENERAL A. S. JOHNSON SAM HOUSTON
COMG TEXIAN ARMY
GENERAL, 25th Feby 1837
I have but a moment to write you the current news of the place.
We have data of the 2nd Instant from Washington. At that time
it [manuscript torn] of the Recognition of Texian Independence
but there was more than usual delay as our minister thought.
Genl. Santa Anna has been in a long conclave with Genl. Jack-
son,23 but the result was not known to any one but the cabinet,
which had been called and had a long session. The result to my
mind which imports more than everything else known is that Santa
Anna was dispatched in a Government armed vessel on the 28th
ult. from Norfolk. It was the "Pioneer" which had been fitted out
for the South Sea expedition of discovery, a fast sailer, and armed,
with a fine crew. From the time the order was rec'd to have her in
sailing trim and sea ready until she sailed was only 24 hours.
Letters have been rec'd in New Orleans, as I am assured from
some persons, and among them one from [manuscript torn] a
treaty had been made between Santa Anna and the U States by
which the contested line was to be made the Rio Grande, that the
U.S. was to pay Mexico $5,000,000 and to Texas they (the U.S.)
were to pay to Texas $3,ooo,ooo; and the injuries inflicted on the
commerce etc. of the U.S. was to be reimbursed out of the $5,0ooo0,00o.
It is stated here by Gentlemen from Orleans who assert that the
Pilot at the Southwest pass as the[y] came out assured them that a
vessel three days from Vera Cruz brought news of the arrival of
Santa Anna at that place and his being hailed and raising tri-
umphal arches. That so soon as it was known in Mexico that
Santa Anna had gone to Washington City that the Gov. sent orders
that if he should arrive at any of the ports on the Gulf that he
was to be hailed and welcomed by them as the President of the
Republic and respected as such.
Mr. Patton, the Father of Major Wm. H. Patton [manuscript
torn] Santa Anna, says that his son wrote to him that Santa Anna
begged him to say to his Father to plant his fields that he would
never again be troubled-that the war was ended. This was after
22Anastacio Bustamente, president of Mexico at the time the Law of 183o was
passed, was installed as president again in April, 1837, and held the office until
28Andrew Jackson, president of the United States.
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 September 2, 2015.