The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 84
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
My experience in China, My Lord, taught me that one very se-
rious want of our Military Marine is a sufficiency of vessels of force
and resource, either of the Steam arm, or sailing, of a light draught
of water. For expeditionary purposes into an enemy's Country, and
conjoint operation, when Troops must be covered and supplied, this
is a very great want, and I would take the liberty to submit that
three classes of iron Steam boats would be very necessary for effect-
ive Service in Mexico. The largest like the "Nemesis," "Pluto,"
and "Pligothen" and not to draw more than 6 feet of water at the
utmost, with a full supply of coal and other Materiel. A second,
with a lighter Armament say a long 18 lb. brass gun, forward and
aft not to draw more than 3 feet or 3 feet and a half, and lastly
four or six of the class of boats employed on the Upper Indus and
Ganges, or even more with a force of ten or fifteen sail of boats of
these classes it may be depended upon that there would be no, diffi-
culty in penetrating into the heart of Mexico, by the Rio Grande
and the rivers to the Southward and Westward of Vera Cruz. It
may be added too that after San Juan had fallen there would be no
manner of use for any large Ships or Steam boats on this Coast of
Mexico, except to serve as Depots for the light force in advance.
Matamoros, Tampico, Alvarado, Tabasco. are all accessible to
Vessels of the draught 1 have indicated, Indeed I should mention
that at Tabasco there are 11 feet of water on the bar, and that is
one point to which I would most particularly draw Your Lordship's
The temper of Yucatan and Tabasco towards the present Govern-
ment of Mexico is a consideration, of much interest. The Tabasco
river, or indeed the rivers into which the Main stream branches are
navigable for a great distance. The Texian Corvette "Austin" for
example drawing upwards of 10 feet of Water went up as high as
San Juan de Baptiste (about 80 Miles from the Mouth) and I be-
lieve there is said to be a boat communication very nearly the whole
way to the City of Mexico by that Stream.
If that point were at once secured, and the people of that Prov-
ince assured of protection and security at the period of the General
Settlement, it is in the highest degree probable, that they would
at once declare against the Central Government, and either join
themselves to Guatemala or to Yucatan, forming a Republic with
easy means of communication between the two Seas, and good
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