The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 286
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
gave chase to the poorly equipped vessels of the Texas navy, and
the people of the coast country were kept in dread of war from
without, and internal commotion by the discontented Texas army.
armed Mexican brigs and one schooner, but made his escape. He learned
their names -on the coast. In all they carry 27 guns. He was informed
off Matamoras that 4000 Mexicans were on the march for Texas, 2000
of which were cavalry: Carnes and Teal have escaped and are at head-
quarters of the Army. They bring news of more troops raised in Mexico
for this country, headed by General Bravo sand Valencio.
"We shall have warm work yet. I am glad to hear of the brisk trade
you have and that the health of the country is getting better: I have
my doubts whether the Colonel will ever be able to get his mill aging,
notwithstanding his industry and perseverance.
"I had heard of the high times at Harrisburg. The new town of
Houston cuts a considerable swell in the paper. I wish its projectors
and proprietors success with all my heart. It will injure Harrisburg
City greatly when it gets into successful operation. Property must be-
gin to depreciate there already. As for New Washington and Lynch-
burg, Scotisburg and all the other burgs, not forgetting Powhatan, all
must go down now. Houstonburg must go ahead in the newspaper at
"I have had on the Island the secret agent of the United States.
Next Congress will not attach us to the Union, I think. A spy has been
on the Island likewise-A letter from him to General Urrea has been in-
tercepted at New Orleans. I expect soon to go ,to the United States.
Have you any commands?
"Truly and Respectfully yrs
'iCAPT. A. BRISCOE."
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