The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 279
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
to. the Shallowness of the water in the Harbours of Texas which
would render it necessary to effect the operation in a large num-
ber of light Vessels, and the Gulf of Mexico is not at all a
secure Navigation for such craft from the beginning of August
till after the Autumnal Equinox, owing to the risk of hurricanes.
No person can be more sincerely desirous than myself, that
this serious affair may be settled satisfactorily without a Col-
lision between Mexico and the United States but I certainly do
believe that the difficulties of movement either by land or Sea
(except for a short period in the Spring and beginning of Sum-
mer) and the continued Military occupation of the line of the
Rio Grande with any amount of regular force that the United
States can dispose of will be much greater than seems to be con-
templated here. And if the War should be protracted and car-
ried across the Rio. Grande I believe that it would require very
little skill and scarcely any exposure of the defending force to
draw the invading Columns well forward beyond all means of"
support from their own basis and depots into situations of inex-
From my opportunities of judging too of the fitness of their
Volunteer levies for movement into an enemy's Country I
should think that the danger and difficulty of invasion would
only be greater as that kind of force was more numerous. They
are very spirited in and effective in their particular mode of
fighting, which is by skirmishing with the rifle, but they could
not resist Artillery and Cavalry in a Country suited to those
arms, they are not amenable to discipline, they plunder the
peasantry, they are without steadiness under reverses, they can-
not march on foot, and are in no way comparable to the Mexican
force for rapidity of movement or sustaining continued fatigue
on the hardest food. The danger to Mexico from this side does
not seem to arise from regular military invasion, for which
there is no aptitude and insufficient means, but from the gradual
and not very slow occupation of the unsettled Countries unless
they are timely prevented. And I will take the liberty to add
here that from all I have heard both in Texas and this place
since I had the honour of seeing you, there seems to be no doubt
the greater part of the unusually large emigration of this year
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