The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 310
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310 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
sponsible for his giving you every information he has collected,
and and it will require all the good Opinion you may have been
led to entertain of his veracity not to have your Belief staggered
with the accounts you will receive of the numbers, & habits of the
Horses of that Country and the people who live in that Neighbor-
hood whose Customs & ideas are as different from ours as those
of the Hordes of Grand Tartary. Did it not interfere with your
other occupations I would presume to request you would point out
particular subjects on which my Friend should enlarge, as some
which would be probably very interesting to you, might be over-
looked or seem too trivial to him to notice from having come so
often under his observation. In this case your Letters addressed
to the care of Mr Tench Coxe of Philadelphia to be forwarded to
me will .shortly get to Nolan's hands, and I take the Liberty of
referring you to Mr Coxe for a knowledge of my Character, that
you may not be under any apprehension concerning the Person
to whom you write. Mr. Ellicott the Commissioner on the part
of the U. S. for running the line of demarcation with Spain
being now Visitor in my House and having at his arrival in this
Country been acquainted with Nolan who gave him considerable
information on the subject in Question, I have hinted to him your
Wish of acquiring some Knowledge, and he will doubtless think
himself happy in contributing as far as lies in his power to this
End until Nolan himself can have an Opportunity of giving you
perfect Satisfaction. In the mean time I must suggest to you
the necessity of keeping to yourself for the present all the in-
formation that may be forwarded to you as the slightest Hint
would point out the Channel from whence it flowed and might
probably be attended with the most fatal consequences to a man,
who will at all times have it in his Power to render important
Services to the U. S., and whom Nature seems to have formed
for Enterprizes of which the rest of Mankind are incapable.
Should any accident happen which would deprive the World of
this extraordinary Character, his Papers which are confided to
ime & a mutual Friend now in the Spanish Service, shall be care-
fully examined, and every thing relating to that Country shall be
forwarded to you with such other remarks as both of us from our
own Knowledge & information have acquired.
The desire I have that you should be possess'd of every informa-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904, periodical, 1904; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101030/m1/318/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.