The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 73
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British, Correspondence ConcerninUq Texas
fair to turn the Gulf of Mexico into a piratical cruizing ground.
General Santa Aia is preventing the settlement of this Country by
people disposed to be peaceful and orderly, and filling it pretty fast
with a class of persons, the fellows of whom I do, not believe are to
be found on the face, of the Globe. The sounder policy will be to
make a very liberal peace with Texas, and to strengthen the hands
of this Government by every kind of friendly Countenance. Such
a course would roll back a tide of mischief East of the Sabine, and
a contrary will as surely induce a high flood West of it."
"Speaking of the late movement upon Yucatan by the Ships, I
cannot refrain from observing, that it was much more a United
States, or at all events a New Orleans expedition, than a Texian.
This Government was conscientiously, and extremely averse to it,
did all that it could to prevent it, and all that it could to put an
,end to it, regardless of shameful abuse both in the United States
and here, and much worse, be it observed, in the United States,
than here. The Expedition sailed from New Orleans, was mainly
assisted by Citizens of this place, and has I believe been recently re-
inforced by Volunteers raised in that City; and all this though
it was notorious that Commodore Moore was acting in total disobe-
dience of the orders of his Government. If the Government of the
United States, could have prevented these things they surely ought
to have done so, and if they could not, their powerlessness is very
dangerous to their Neighbours, and deplorable for themselves."
2d. "The plain fact is that General Houston is very unpopular
in the United States and here, because of his moderate policy with
regard to Mexico, and particularly since his determined opposition
to these purposes of interference in the Affairs of Yucatan."
"These feelings of ill will to him are aggravated by the impres-
sion that his wise and moderate conduct is agreeable to. Her Maj-
.esty's Government, and well calculated to strengthen their efforts
for a speedy and peaceful Settlement of this Contest. This is the
true cause of all the bitterness towards him in the United States,
and I happen to know that General Thompson has very particular
friends in that Country, most particularly hostile to General Hous-
ton. Putting all these things together you will not wonder that I
should earnestly beg that there may be no relaxation of your just
reserve respecting the exhibition of my private letters to General
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