The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 50
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sending volunteers to Texas; this is Huston's estimate of what
he proposed to expend, and while, it may be an exaggeration, the
fact remains that large sums were undoubtedly laid out by him
in equipping armed emigrants.43
No writer on Texas history has a good word to say for Huston.
On the contrary, he has been severely arraigned for his lack of
military quarters, for indulging the soldiers in sprees, and for
seeking to influence them to threaten "to chastise the President,
kick Congress out of doors, and give laws to Texas."44 Most rep-
rehensible are these charges if true; certain ones, however, are
contradicted by Huston's statements, as will be shown below.
IHuston was, as I have said, a typical military adventurer, and
was probably no better and no worse than many another who in
1836 sought in Texas an opportunity for winning fame by suc-
cessful campaigns against the Mexicans and Indians. Ile was no
doubt over-aggressive in seeking the command of the army, he
deserves censure for challenging Johnston, and the Matamoras
expedition, which he urged upon the government, was certainly
an unwise measure. This last point deserves a little fuller con-
sideration, since it well illustrates Huston's general policy--
namely, an aggressive attitude toward Mexico. This is brought
cut in a letter written to General Quitman from the camp in the
vicinity of Victoria in the summer of 1836. The writer sets
forth his intention of starting on ahead with a force of 500
cavalry. HIe was convinced that Mexico would never acquiesce
in the United States extending to the Rio Grande, and that a
blow should be struck at her immense frontier on that river be-
fore she had time to recruit her strength and energies for another
campaign. The impending invasion could be prevented by the
capture of Matamoras: "if so, Mexico is open before us." Rusk
and General Green agreed with him that the war must be prose-
cuted with energy. An invasion of that country was necessary
to secure the recognition by that country of Texas independence.
The writer concludes with the statement that "a short fight and
long negotiation is not the way to gain a profit by victory."4"
48Cf. Kennedy, History of Texas, IT, 241.
"Cf. Williams, Houston, 239; Woroten, History of Texas, 255.
"MS. Claiborne Correspondence.
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