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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
less, on the return of the officers from their cruise, the
sentiments expressed by these officials, were imparted to
President Lamar. According to Senator Sam Houston,' the
first overtures looking to an alliance were made by President
Lamar. Houston says:
It was in the month of July of that year2 that the Texas navy
was subsidized to Yucatan, an integral part of the Republic of
Mexico. The then President of Texas, Mr. Lamar, made a com-
munication to the Governor of Yucatan, proposing to confederate
with him to render aid, and to receive reciprocal aid from him.
In conformity to the invitation originating with the President of
Texas, a Minister arrived from the Government of Yucatan, then
in a revolutionary state against Mexico, with proposals to obtain
the navy of Texas, for the purpose of conducting a war against
the central Government of Mexico. On the 17th of September, I
think, the proposition was submitted by Mr. Badraza,8 and ac-
cepted through the Secretary of State by the President of Texas.
By the 18th the matter was consummated, and directions given
to the navy of Texas immediately to sail, and co-operate in the
defense of Yucatan against Mexico; or, in other words to aid and
assist in the rebellion. This was done without any authority or
sanction of the Congress or Senate of the Republic of Texas. It
was a mere act of grace or will on the part of the President.
Col. Peraza arrived at Austin on September 11. On the 16th
he addressed to Samuel A. Roberts, Secretary of State, a lengthy
communication, the main points of which were that Lamar had
written the government of YucatAn that he was willing to co-
,operate against the common enemy; that Yucatan was threatened
by an invasion from Mexico which its navy was not strong enough
-to resist; that the case was too urgent for Yucatan to wait for the
assembling of its congress. Peraza then proceeds, "I will there-
fore merely say to the Honorable Secretary of State that I am
fully authorized by my Government to contribute to the removal
of any pecuniary obstacles which might perhaps for the moment
embarrass that of Texas in putting her vessels in action"; and he
1Cong. Globe, 33d Cong., 1st Sess., Appendix, 1081; Moore, To the People
of Texas, 27-29; Rej6n, secretary of state of Yucatan, states that Lamar
did make overtures July 20, 1841.
3Col. Martin F. Peraza.
'Anonymous translation in Moore's To the People of Texas, 15-17.
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