The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 92
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structions. The commissioners left while Jones was in Houston,
or shortly after, and there seems no doubt that there was a gen-
eral understanding among the commissioners and the President
that a location was to be selected favorable to the proposed occu-
pation of New Mexico. The report of the commissioners, among
other things, stated:
The Commissioners confidently anticipate the time when a great
thoroughfare shall be established from Santa Fe to our Sea ports,
and another from Red River to Matamoras, which two routs must
almost of necessity intersect each other at this point. They look
forward to the time when this city shall be the emporium of not
only the productions of the rich soil of the San Saba, Puertenalis
Hono and Pecan Bayo, but of all the Colorado and Brassos, as also
the Produce of the rich mining country known to exist on those
streams. They are satisfied that a truly National City could at
no other point within the limits assigned them be reared up, not
that no other sections of the Country are not equally fertile, but
that no other combined so many and such varied advantages and
beauties as the one in question. The imagination of even the
romantic will not be disappointed on viewing the Valley of the
Colorado, and the fertile and gracefully undulating woodlands
and luxuriant Prairies at a distance from it. The most sceptical
will not doubt its healthiness, and the citizens bosom must swell
with honest pride when standing in the Portico of the Capitol
of his Country he looks abroad upon a reigon worthy only of being
the home of the brave and free. Standing on the juncture of the'
routs of Santa Fe and the Sea Coast, of Red River and Matamoras,
looking with the same glance upon the green romantic Mountains,
and the fertile and widely extended plains of his country, can
a feeling of Nationality fail to arise in his bosom or could the
fire of patriotism lie dormant under such circumstances.10
For a while Lamar seriously considered the sending of an imme-
diate military expedition to Santa F6. This would have been
justified on the grounds that Texas was still technically at war-
with Mexico, though no actual hostilities had occurred since the
Mexican defeat at San Jacinto. In March, 1839, he addressed the
Harrisburg Volunteers on the defence of the frontier, and con-
gratulated them on their prospects for "honorable station in the
select Regiment which is to be placed under the command of
Colonel Karnes in the anticipated expedition to Santa Fee."""
"0Report of Seat of Government Commissioners, April 13, 1839, MS.
Seat of Government Papers, Texas State Library.
nLamar Papers, No. 1162.
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