The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 79
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British Correspondence Concerning Texas
position militarily considered. It should have been cantoned in
the neighbourhood of San Antonio which is comparatively healthy,
and where there is abundance of good water and forage. That
point also covers the main routes into the Country, and owing to
the rolling nature of it there, the force and their Material could
always be moved in any direction that was necessary- on the
Coast they are either in a swamp, for rain of any consequence
renders the Country almost impracticable, or there is a drought
with a total want of good water and forage. It was only necessary
to hold Corpus Christi, or the nearest best water harbour to the
Cantonment of the force with two or three light draught Gun
boats, and a small armed steamer, I have long felt satisfied from
my experience in this Country that the Americans are better fitted
for the acquisition of territory by quiet encroachment than by
The Officers are almost universally excellent and high spirited,
but the Government knows nothing of the care or management
of the troops, or the mode of elevating their morals. They are
for the most part foreigners too, or not of the good classes of
native Citizens, and have necessarily not much pride in their pro-
fession. If Mexico were in the situation that it was ten years
since I believe that this small force would have been effectually
broken to pieces long ago. It was certainly assembled in an ex-
tremely confused and incomplete manner, and I am sure has been
improperly posted since
To The Right Honourable.
The Earl of Aberdeen, K. T.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN17
Separate. New Orleans.
January 8th, 1846.
I beg leave to transmit to Your Lordship an extract from the
New York Herald Newspaper of the 22d Ultimo.'1
17F. 0. Texas, Vol. 16.
"The cutting enclosed is dated December 25, 1S45.
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