The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 34
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Texas Iiistorical Association Quarterly.
Austin at anchor off Sisal.'" Accompanying his own letter are
copies of letters exchanged between him and the officials of Yuca-
tan, which illustrate the embarrassing situation in which he was
placed on his arrival. They also show the estimation in which
the Texas navy was held by the government of Yucatan, which
was on the point of reuniting with Mexico, and was negotiating
the terms with the commissioner, Quintana Roo, under the im-
pression that Texas would not be able to comply with her engage-
ments. But, encouraged by the arrival of the Texan fleet, it in-
sisted on justice from Mexico; and the refusal led to a war, which
for the time diverted the energies of Mexico from Texas to
Yucatin.2 Among other things the letter says:
Dec. 13, . . . I opened the "Secret Orders" received 1st
October, in the presence of Lt. A. G. Gray, Purser N. IHurd, and
Doct. Winm. Richardson. . .. 1 arrived and anchored off Sisal
on the 6th inst," the schooners San Antonio and San Bernard in
company, having met the former on the 4th, and the latter on
the 5th, . . . exchanged salutes with the Castle, and on the
next day proceeded to the city of Merida, Lt. Com'g. Seeger in
company with me.
The Yucatan political situation is next portrayed, and Moore
The San Antonio takes this letter to Galveston and proceeds
immediately to New Orleans for provisions, and when she joins
me 1 will be enabled to keep at sea until the 1st May, without
calling on the government for one dollar. If it be the wish of
His Excellency the President to coerce Mexico to acknowledge our
Independence, I can at once blockade all the ports of entry, viz.:
Vera Cruz, 'Tampico, and the Brazos de Santiago; and if I had
the steamer Zavala to co-operate with the Squadron, I could levy
contributions on several of their towns to a greater amount than
the entire cost of the Navy-without the Zavala little else can be
effected but to pick up any vessel that they hazard out. .
The vessels building in New York when I left Galveston, for the
Mexican Navy, I will use my utmost to intercept, and if they have
contraband of War on board, I will send them to Galveston--this
course being strictly in accordance with International law. . . .
'Moore to the Secretary of the Navy, in Moore's To the People of Texas,
21-36. The date of the letter as printed is 1841, which is clearly incorrect.
2Moore, To the People of Texas, 21.
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