The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 20
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
The itinerary and incidents of this cruise can be most briefly
and clearly given by citing extracts of the report of Commodore
E. W. Moore to, the secretary of the navy :
TEXAS SLOOP-OF-WAR AUSTIN,
At Sea, August 28th, 1840.
Latitude 25 21' N.: Longitude 96 29' W.
Sir: . . . 22d July . . . I order [ed] the Zavala to make
the best of her way to the Arcos2 Islands, touching at Sisal, under
English colors, and to leave a letter for Gen. Anaya front> Gen.
Canales.3 On the 26th July, the weather still very light, in conse-
quence of which, and my unexpected detention off the S. W. Pass, I
thought it best to send a vessel off Point Mariandrea with the
letters No. 1 and 2 for Richard Packenham, Esq.,4 her Britannic
Majesty's Minister to Mexico; and that I might, in conformity
of my orders of 20th June, endeavor to ascertain the feelings of
the authorities of the State of Yucatan towards our Government,5
and be off the Brazos de Santiago as near the time mentioned in
the same orders as possible, I sent the schooner San Jacinto with
the letters, and availing myself of the usual trade winds, proceeded
with the San Bernard in company to Sisal, off which place I ar-
rived on the 31st July, and, on making signal for a boat, wearing
American colors, was boarded by an officer, and learned that the
Zavala, had passed six days before; he informed me that an order
had been received that day from Merida (the Capitol,) by the
captain of the Port, who had sent him out, that, if any Texian
vessel appeared off the port, to offer her every facility,--upon
which I hoisted our proper colors. . . . as soon as he left,
filled away for Campeachy, where I was informed Gen. Anaya
was. Arrived off Campeachy on the 2d August, and, while stand-
ing in under our own colors, we were met about eight miles from
belonged to the Texas navy in 1840. Thrall, 306, note, says that the
Dolphin (Wharton) sailed. There is, however, abundant evidence to the
'Moore to Cooke, House Journal, 5th Tex. Cong., 1st Sess., Appendix, 232-
237. Moore's orders dated June 20, 1840, were sealed, and were to be opened
at sea. On or about this date, the schooners San Jacinto, San Antonio, and
San Bernard, sailed "for the west." The Zavala and the Austin were to
have gone to sea on the 23d, but were detained by unfavorable weather.
They sailed on June 27, 1840. See Telegraph and Texas Register, July 1,
3Anaya and Canales were both leaders of the Mexican Federalists.
4Pakenham assisted Treat in presenting his proposition, and acted as
mediator.-Bancroft, History of Texas, II, 340.
5This goes to show that president Lamar was correct in his statement of
the object of the expedition.
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