The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 37
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
I arrived here on the afternoon of the 6th inst., from the Arcas
Islands, where I waited two days for the San Antonio without
meeting her; on my arrival here her delay was accounted for by
the sad intelligence of the mutiny on board of her at New-Orleans
(to which place she went for provisions,) and of the murder of
one of the most promising officers, Lieut. Fuller, whom I have
ever known. I expect to meet Capt. Seeger at Laguna, for which
place I leave to-night, and I will mete out to the rascals the
uttermost penallies of the law.'
Moore sailed that night, and two days later he received the
following official note,2 recalling him to Texas:
DEPARTMENT OF WAR AND NAVY,
15th December, 1841.
Commodore E. W. Moore,
Commanding Texas Navy.
Sir.-I am directed by His Excellency the President to order
that the squadron under your command return forthwith to the
port of Galveston, and there await further orders.
Geo. W. Hockley.
In reference to this note Moore says :"
No. 16 . . . was received outside Laguna Bar on the 10th
March, per Schooner of War San Antonio, and was written, as
will be seen by reference to the date two days after the inaugura-
tion of President Houston. It was the first communication that
I had received since sailing, and although a peremptory order, I
was compelled to disobey it. It will be seen by the subsequent
letter from the Department (20) that the course adopted by me
was approved by the President.
The letter referred to by Moore as approving of his disobedience
to this order reads as follows :4
DEPARTMENT OF WAR AND NAVY,
April 14, 1842.
Com. E. W. Moore,
Sir: Your dispatches by Capt. Crisp were handed into the De-
1See also Telegraph and Texas Register, February 23, 1842.
2Hockley to Moore, December 15, 1841, in Moore's To the Pcople of Texas,
'Hockley to Moore, April 14, 1842, in Moore's To the People of Texas,
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