The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 31
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
goes on to say that Yucatn would pay for the purpose of getting
the squadron of three war vessels to sea eight thousand dollars
in advance and eight thousand dollars per month, so long as the
government should deem it necessary for the squadron to remain
in active service. Any prize made and any revenue of the Mexi-
can government confiscated by Yucatan and Texas was to be
divided equally between them after first paying the costs of the
enterprise. On the next day Col. Peraza received a communica-
tion- from the Secretary of State of Texas, in which he says:
When therefore you tell us that you have reason to apprehend
that the same despotism which for a time waged so savage and
relentless a war against us, is preparing to attack the newly es-
tablished liberties of your country, we can not hesitate to co-
operate with you in preparing to repel the premeditated attack
by sending such a portion of our Naval force to sea as may be
deemed adequate to the service required of it.
That this Government may derive incidental advantages from
sending its Navy to sea, . . . is not denied; but that these
advantages will afford a just equivalent for the heavy expenses of
keeping our Navy at sea, and for the shock such a ste2 may give
to our nation's credit abroad; and the loss we may thereby suffer;
the undersigned apprehends, it is equally unnecessary for him to
deny. The President therefore in accepting the pecuniary aid
offered by Yucatan, on the terms proposed in your communication,
towards the support of the Navy so long as it continues to co-
operate with that of Yucatan, only discharges a duty towards this
Government- which a rigid and economical expenditure of the
public money demands. . . . The undersigned has been in-
structed, taking your propositions as a basis, to state specifically
the terms upon which the President will feel authorized to afford
the Government of Yucatan the aid which she demands.
The stipulations following are four in number, and the same
as given in Peraza's letter except the second, which reads: "All
captures made by Texan vessels shall be taken into Texas ports
for adjudication, and all captures taken by Yucatan vessels shall
be taken into Yucatan ports for the like purpose." On the same
day, September 17, 1841, Col. Peraza accepted the Texas propo-
sitions. In a letter to the secretary of state he says,8 being
'Roberts to Peraza, in Moore's To the People of Texas, 17-19.
8Peraza to Roberts, in Moore's To the People of Texas, 19-20.
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