The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 306
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side you might not have remarked before. Let me then, Dear
Sir, give you a report of what General Duff Grcen was kind
enough to communicate to me this morning.
General Green began by praising the enterprize of Colonization
which brought me to this country, and even called it a laudable
one. This was the first thing that made me in fer that the noble
General is as true a Yankee as any one living. becae1se I am fully
convinced that he wishes me and my good German Emigrants
any where else than in this country. He then proceeded with
some flattering remarks about my own humble person, which
were shot off to make me sure of his good intentions towards me
and my native country. The next thing lie tried was to get out
of me my opinion about "Annexation."-My answer was that I
had heard a great deal about Annexation, and that I really could
not tell what might be the result; but that I remembered having
heard, before I left Europe, that this could be a case of war be-
tween the European power and the United States.-On that point,
he told me, I was mistaken, because the United States had re-
ceived notice from Frence, that this Power would not interfere
at all in the question.--The General now began to speak about
the existing state of affairs in Mexico-, expressing his belief that
Santa Anna was strong enough to overpower the recent attempt
at Revolution, but that, whichever party proved victorious, Mex-
ico was pledged to invade Texas,--to make it a desert, and to
exterminate the inhabitants, men, women, and children; not
even sparing the child in the mother's womb !-As the noble Gen-
eral saw me smiling at the eccentric idea, he stopped to enquire
what I believed of this matter. Forbidden, of course, by polite-
ness, from replying-"nothing" !-I contented myself by inti-
mating a modest doubt that such a thing could be done in our
days-it being what the French call,-"hors de saison."-The
General, however, assured me that his statements were exactly
true, and declared his intention to proceed himself, this day, to
Washington on the Brazos, to communicate the same to the gen-
tlemen now assembled in Congress.
General Green next urged me to open a correspondence with
the Russian Consul at Matamoros, for the purpose of being al-
ways "au fait" of the movements of the Mexican army and fleet.
The General must lave made extraordinary discoveries, as he gave
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