The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942

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as justice of the peace,"2 and later became parish judge, and a
member of the State Senate. In 1837 he died, a man of large
properties and many achievements.33
The letters of Sibley, which follow, are those he wrote as
Indian agent to the Secretary of War. They include all of
Sibley's letters found in the files of the Old Records Division,
the Adjutant General's Office, Department of War. These let-
ters begin with a notification of a draft for money dated August
19, 1806, and conclude with a letter written July 23, 1816,
relative to the adjustment of expenditures of his agency for
the year 1814.
No orthographical corrections have been made, nor of punctu-
ation, capitalization, sentence structure, or grammar. In most
cases, the correct spelling of proper names has been inserted
in brackets, as well as some few additions which have been
made in order to clarify the meaning.
Paschal High School, Fort Worth.
LETTER 1
Natchitoches Jany. 10th 1807
Sir
Our latest accounts from the Province of Taxus [Texas], are
that all the Spanish troops except about one Company have left
Nacogdoches and are taking away all the Cannon they had there
consisting of Eleven Pieces,' tis said they have heard of the
Meditated Invasion of Mexico & that their force will be drawn
to the defence of that place & Vera Crutz [Vera Cruz].2
I am informed Capt. Burling late Aid to General Wilkinson, on
32Clarence Edwin Carter, Territorial Papers of the United States, Orleans
Territory, IX, 632, 759.
3G. P. Whittington, "Doctor John Sibley of Natchitoches, 1757-1837,"
The Louisiana Historical Quarterly, XX, 472-473.
'Sibley refers to the withdrawal of the Spanish troops which had been
massed on the Sabine since 1806 under command of Sim6n Herrera. He
had been sent to prevent the invasion of Texas by Aaron Burr, and to
defend Texas against invasion by the United States Army under General
Wilkinson, who, it was believed, would occupy Texas as part of the Louisi-
ana Purchase. Border friction between the United States and Spain was
temporarily ended with the Neutral Ground Agreement, and General
Wilkinson's withdrawal of troops from the Sabine in November, 1806.
Thomas Maitland Marshall, A History of the Western Boundary of the
Louisiana Purchase, 1819-1841 (Berkeley, University of California Press,
1914), 20-30.
2Sibley refers to a reported plan of Miranda and Burr, who were plan-
ning to revolutionize all the Spanish dominions, and would probably apply to
England for assistance. However, the chief reason for the withdrawal of

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