The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 91
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Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
ico. . . . With a view to the immediate diversion of this trade
to the Colorado I would suggest the early establishment of a
trading house at the highest point on the river known to be
navigable, say at the junction of the Pasigona & Colorado, with
a small force to protect it. [He went so far as to suggest con-
ciliation with the Prairie Indians, who were the most troublesome
of the Indian neighbors, and continued,]
As the government of Texas claims to extend its territory to
the utmost limits of Santa Fe, it is desirable that the people
should be brought under our direct political control. The great
distance of Santa Fe from the government of Mexico has left that'
territory entirely dependent upon itself for protection, and the
people only feel the authority of the political power thro the
weight of taxation imposed by the central head. They are pre-
pared to unite with us, and this is the favorable moment to
cement the friendship they have offered. The revolutionary spirit
is warm in New Mexico, and the people are determined to throw
off the despotic yoke of the present government. We should at
once demonstrate our sympathies with them.
I hope, if possibly in your power, that you will order an im-
mediate military escort for a company of traders to Santa Fe,
and that a portion if not the entire adventure may be undertaken
by the government itself. Immense profits must result from it,
and the introduction of 75 or 100 thousand dollars of specie from
Santa Fe thro' the Colorado Valley will give confidence to indi-
vidual enterprize and the route will soon be lined with traders
able to, protect themselves, who will introduce the riches of New
Mexico into the lap of Texas. . . .0
It is a striking fact that the five commissioners charged with the
location of the permanent seat of government came to the con-
,clusion anticipated by Jones. I have found no direct connection
between Jones and the commissioners, but it is unlikely that the
harmony of his ideas with the report of the commissioners was
accidental. Unfortunately there is no record of the instructions
given to the commissioners by Lamar other than the statement of
his secretary referred to above; hence, it is not possible to indi-
cate how far the desirability of the point selected as a way station
between Santa Fe and points on the Gulf was a part of the in-
"W. J. Jones to Lamar, February 8, 1839, Lamar Papers, No. 1049.
This letter is endorsed by Lamar, "Thos J Jones Bastrop 8th Feby 1839.
Upon Santa Fee trade &c Received 20th Feby." This indicates a strange
lack of knowledge of Jones' real name. The letter was autographed,
"Wm. Jefferson Jones," but the first abbreviation is difficult of interpre-
tation. Certainly Jones must have been little known by Lamar previous
to this, though he became better known later.
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