The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 33
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
you to go to sea under these orders, you will not attempt it, but
remain in port, without accepting or using any portion of the
pecuniary contribution which the government of Yucatan has
agreed to advance.'
On Friday, October 8, 1841, Lieutenant Lewis left Galveston2
with the above dispatches and secret orders for Commodore Moore,
to be opened after the completion of the provisioning. Commo-
dore Moore was still surveying the coast, being on board the San
Antonio, and accompanied by the San Bernard, commanded by
Lieutenant Crisp. Lieutenant Lewis reached Moore on the 13th,
and on receipt of the documents Moore sailed at once for Galveston.
The money for the cruise and outfitting was deposited by the com-
missioner in the custom-house in Galveston. Within two months
all preparations had been made; and, on December 13, 1841, the
vessels under Commodore Moore sailed for Yucatan. Outside of
Galveston Bar Commodore Moore opened his secret orders, and
found that he was instructed to sail direct for Sisal, in the State
of Yucatan,3 and to co-operate with the sea and land forces of
Yucatan in checking any hostile act of Mexico. He was also in-
structed to capture Mexican towns, and to levy contributions; and,
for the purpose of compelling payment, he was authorized to de-
stroy public works and edifices, and to seize public property,
"taking care, however, to adhere to the principle that private prop-
erty is always to, be respected, and never to be violated except
when unavoidable in the execution of duty." These acts it was
hoped, would cause the central government no little annoyance,
and would "strike a terror among the inhabitants, which may be
very useful to us should it again be thought advisable to enter
into negotiations for peace." For carrying out these instructions
of the secretary of the navy, the Texas navy has been criticised by
historians. Yet the same methods were used in the Civil War
twenty years lated by both North and South.
The first official communication received from Commodore
Moore was dated January 31, 1842, from the Texas sloop-of-war
'Archer to Moore September 18, 1841, in Moore's To the People of Texas,
12-13. Endorsed by Moore as having been received October 13, 1841.
-Tennison's Journal, folio 372, p. 4.
'Moore, To the People of Texas, 13-15.
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