The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 42
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vary as to number and it is probable he has not over one hundred
and fifty left Bexar last night or the night before.
The reports as to his destination are two, one is that he went
the expected reinforcements, the other is that he has gone to try
to recover the cavyard taken by Travis and to intercept Capt
Fannin. This latter report is the most probable and the one to which
I give the most credit. You will consequently march with all
possible dispatch to the Madina and send spies to all the crossings
of the Rio Grande and Laredo roads and particularly to Paras'
Ranch and also to Rodarigues Ranch and should you hear any cer-
tain intelligence that Ugartachea has passed on in search of Fannin
or Travis, you will use evry possible exertion to intercept him and
cut his party to pieces and to afford immediate aid to Fannin or
Travis in your power. The detachment of seventy men that was
ordered out the day Fannin started met with a For[a]ging party
of the enimy and turned back which unfortunately prevented their
junction with Fannin which has left the force of the latter too
weak for his exposed situation. You will therefore permit noth-
ing to turn you back until you have made evry exertion to hear
of Fannin or Travis and to afford them aid should they need it;
if however you meet with a forageing or any other party of the
enimy defeat them if in your power to do so, but do not permit
this to stop you from going on to attend to the main objects of
this expedition, which are to intercept reinforcements if any are
coming on and to aid Fannin and Travis and cut off Ugartachea.
I rely fully on the zeal patriotism and bravery of the officers and
men composing your detachment for the most prompt and effi-
cacious execution of the objects of this expedition. Your com-
panions in arms under Fannin and Travis may be in iminent
danger I wish you to fly to their assistance. Reinforcements may
be coming on to cut them off [which] would decide the cam-
paign. Glory and duty impell you to action and your country
will reward your services. S. F. Austin.
Nine Oclock, P. M. I have the satisfaction to inform you that
Capt. Travis has this moment arrived without accident having
secured the Cavyard by sending it beyond the Guadaloupe. He
heard nothing of the enimy. Capt. Fannin proceeded on the La-
redo road intending to go as far as Rio Frio. As there is no
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