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Lamar was aware of the conditions on the frontier, and of the
unpopularity of Houston's Indian policy, being informed both by
his own interest as a presidential candidate and by the reports of
his friends. On June 26, 1838, he received a letter from Reuben
H. Roberts of Aransas, supporting his candidacy for the presi-
dency, saying that the cry of the people was for a President who
would protect the frontier."7 On July 29, William McCraven
wrote from San Antonio, telling of the dangers from Mexicans and
Indian marauders, and expressing the popular hope that Lamar's
administration would defend the frontier.28
On August 2-4, General Rusk wrote to Lamar from Nacogdoches
concerning the Cordova rebellion, as follows:
I have received your letter by Col Bee for which please accept
my thanks You must excuse me for not having written you
before but recent events have crowded on me so fast that I have
had very little time. I will in a few days give you a full account
of the recent rebellion here it was a deep and well laid scheme
to involve the country in a general Indian war I have had great
difficulty in preventing it His Excellency has acted strangely
indeed had I been governed by his peremptory orders I have not
the least doubt that an Indian war would have been now raving
here but a timely demonstration of force by marching six hundred
horsemen through their Country excited strongly that which can
only be depended upon in Indians their fear."2
Two days later Hugh McLeod, adjutant to General Rusk, wrote,
saying that the Mexicans had plotted for a general uprising of
Indians, and but for Rusk's promptness they might have brought
it about. He criticised President Houston severely for his con-
duct during the rebellion. "He cramped Genl Rusk in ever way,"
he said, "with his orders, written here, where one could not judge
what was the true state of affairs at HIdQrs."30 Besides these,
there were other letters strongly criticising the policy of Houston
and hoping that Lamar would adopt a different policy with re-
gard to the Indians.
On October 22 McLeod reported a renewal of Mexican hostili-
by the failure of the two governments to run the boundary line. They
appear printed in 32 Cong., 2 session, Senate Documents, No. 14, pp. 11-17.
"Lamar Papers, No. 753.
"Lamar Papers, No. 772.
"Rusk to Lamar, August 24, 1838, Lamar Papers, No. 797.
"McLeod to Lamar. August 26, 1838, Lamar Papers, No. 800.
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