The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 35
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
I leave to-day for Campeche and Vera Cruz; off the latter place
I will cruise some time.
Commodore Moore was also instrumental in saving the cargo of
the American schooner Sylph of New Orleans, which had been
wrecked on the Alacranes, and he rescued the crew and sent them
with the cargo to New Orleans in the San Antonio. He makes
the assertion that the Austin was full of rotten wood and that the
agent of Texas in supervising the construction of the vessels was
grossly at fault. This reference was to J. G. Tod, and seems to
be the beginning of the estrangement which in later years was
emphasized by President Jones's nomination of Tod to take the
place of Commodore Moore, who had been deprived of his position
(illegally, Moore says) as commodore, by President Houston.
While Commodore Moore was detained at M6rida, uncertain of
his success in negotiating with the Yucat6n officials, rumors of
danger threatening him reached Lieutenant Alfred Gray, com-
manding the ship Austin. As Gray could not communicate with
Moore, he considered it his duty to detain as hostages, until the
commodore's safe return, the commissioners from the national gov-
ernment of Mexico and from Yucatan, who, were taken from the
American barque Louisa on their way to Vera Cruz.x Lieutenants
A. ]rvine Lewis and Cummings secured the commissioners and they
were held until Moore was communicated with. As soon as pos-
sible he informed Gray that he was in no danger and directed
him to release them. iMoore said that under similar circum-
stances he would have done as Gray did; but suitable expressions
of regret were addressed to the commissioners. In Commodore
Moore's next report to the secretary of war and the navy, he
makes mention of the capture of the Mexican schooner Progreso.
By this vessel he sent to Galveston a letter in which he says :2
I have this day taken as a prize the Mexican Schooner Progreso.
I was off Vera Cruz yesterday and saw one of the vessels built
in New York for the Mexican Navy, and learn to-day that she
has been in three or four days, and the other one is hourly expected.
'Moore, To the People of Texas, 30-33; Tennison's Journal, folio 376, p. 1.
These commissioners had been appointed to consider the reunion of Yucatan
" to the Mexican Federation.
'Moore to the Secretary of War and Navy, February 6, 1842, in Moore's
To the People of Texas, 36.
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