The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 40
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is led astray. If their statements were accepted, of course Lamar
had nothing to do with the Yucatan alliance of 1841; but, their
statements being disproved, all doubt as to Lamar's having held
the reins of government in 1841 are removed. The peaceful in-
vasion of Texan territory by the Santa Fe expedition had its con-
ception with Lamar, and became a calamity only because of cir-
cumstances over which he had no control. Had the mission been
successful, he would have been heralded as the foremost states-
man of Texas. The Yucatan alliance was timely and of great
help to Texas, and has only been recorded with doubting language
by historians because it was little understood by historians, and
because of the bitter attacks made upon it by Houston in after
years. Notwithstanding the great deference given to Houston's
opinions, nearly all the historians give the, Yucatan alliance and
the conduct of the Texas squadron in Yucatan a left-handed com-
pliment. Lamar never quit his station because he shrank from
criticism, as historians have stated; on the contrary, in his own
lifetime, an able biography of him appeared in a leading Texas
publication,1 and, according to it, he was willing that his reputation
should stand or fall according to these two policies.
Commodore Moore remained at the port of Carmen, Laguna de
T6rminos, from the tenth until the twenty-eighth of March, at
which time, accompanied by the two schooners, San Antonio and
San Bernard, he sailed for Vera Cruz. He says:
. arrived off Vera Cruz on the 31st, and ran close in
under the Island of Sacrificios to send in a boat to the United
States Ship Warren. . . . I discovered that the Steamer under
the Castle was raising steam, and the Schooner now under 'Mexi-
can colors was warping alongside of her. I immediately run up
the boat and began making preparations to give them a warm re-
ception, (9 o'clock A. M.) standing out to get an offing, the wind
being very light, and we being barely out of gun shot of the Castle.
I remained near all day, passing once inside of one of the reefs
forming the harbour, but they did not come out. The Warren
sent a boat out to the ship, by the officer who came in her, I
'Texas Almanac, 1858, 109-114. The sketch was probably either prepared
by Lamar or reviewed by him.
2Moore to Hockley, April 4, 1842, in Moore's To the People of Texas,
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