The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

A LETTER BOOK OF JOSEPH EVE
JOSEPH MILTON NANCE
PART IV
JOSEPH EVE TO JOHN TYLER
Private
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES
Galveston October the 11th 1842
His Excellency
John Tyler President of the United States
Sir
In my notes to Mr, Webster of the 22d of Sept, and 5th of
October Nos. 27. & 28. I informed the government of the
United States, that the President of Texas, had revoked his
proclamation of Blockade against Mexico, and had agreed to
suspend all offensive military operations against Mexico untill
it should be asscertained what influence the efforts now making
by the United States and British Governments would have in
bringing about a peace between Texas and Mexico.
I in the same communications gave information, that on the
11th, of September, the Mexicans had taken San Antonio, and
that two hundred Texians had fought them on the 18th, & that
on the 20th, they had retreated to the Medina river twenty miles
west of San Antonio. Colo Caldwell whose command had en-
creased to six hundred came up with them on the 23d, had two
skirmishes with them, in which a few was killed and wounded
on both sides, but the Mexicans made good their retreat, rumour
says that the Texans prisoners have been sent to the City of
Mexico.
Genl, Burleson the vice President has issued his proclamation
inviting a sufficient number of Texans volunteers to meet him
at San Antonio on the 25th, of October, prepared to march
across the Riogrande and fight the Mexicans in their own
Country unless they shall meet them sooner.
The President has removed with his clerks (for he has not a
single Cabinet member with him) to Washington. Intelligence
has reached here to day that he will remove from Washington
to Legrange, and that he has appointed Genl, Somerville to take
command of the army in the West, although he had issued an
order that volunteers would be permitted to elect their own
commander; Summerville is the same officer that he sent to
Command the army after Sanantonio had been taken last
spring, the volunteers refused to be commanded by him and
returned home. Many think or pretend to think that the Presi-
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