The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 22
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he is much the most efficient officer I have under my command.
On the 23d, not having fallen in with either the San Antonio
or brig Wharton' which vessels I had ordered to meet me off
Point Mariandrea, . . . I determined to stand down off Vera
Cruz, under American colors, and board the first vessel that came
out, in hopes of hearing whether Mr. Treat had left Mexico or
not, and at the same time have a look at their shipping. That
afternoon I was within three miles of the castle of Juan de
Ulloa; stood off all night, and the next day, in the afternoon, an
English brig came out; the wind being light, did not get near her
until the next morning, when she sent her boat alongside with
a letter from Mr. Treat, enclosing one to his Excellency the Presi-
dent, and two to the I-Ion. A. S. Lipscomb, Secretary of State.
The brig was Her Majesty's brig Penguin, and I learned from
the officer who came on board from her, that the Centralists had
no vessel of war at Vera Cruz; that the sloop-of-war Iguala was
expected soon from France, that they were about purchasing a
French ship there, lying in the harbor, and that the steamer
Agyle was in the employment of the Mexican Government. ....
. . . I thought it best to leave the San Bernard .
under the orders of which the enclosed is a copy; and in order
that the letters which I had in my possession from the City of
Mexico might reach their destination as early as possible, I made
sail immediately, the San Jacinto in Company, for Galveston; and
by the time we get in the latitude of the Brazos de Santiago, I will
have finished my letters, when I will send the schooner on with
them, and proceed myself to the Brazos, off which place I will
not remain more than four days, (unless I meet additional orders
from the Department,) when I will return with all dispatch off
My not having fallen in with the San Antonio or brig Wharton
has placed me in a disagreeable situation, as, from the force of
circumstances, I can only appear off the Brazos with this vessel,
when I am required by my orders, to appear off that place with
the whole squadron; besides I am behind the time named, in con-
sequence of waiting off Point Mariandrea, in the hope of meeting
the San Antonio, at all events, as there was a probability of the
Wharton not getting to sea.
C. S. Nash, ordinary seaman, died on board this vessel
on the 4th inst, while at Campeachy; his disease was dropsy, and
'The Wharton, by order of the secretary of the navy, was partly dis-
mantled and placed in ordinary. This is the reason she did not at this
time reach the squadron. See 'Secretary of the Navy, Report of November 4,
1840, in House Journal, 5th Tex. Cong., Appendix, 185-196.
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