The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 27
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The Indian Policy of the Republic of Texas 27
Indians and claimed to represent the Mexican government.80
However, during Houston's administration evidence came into the
hands of the government which left no doubt about the fact that
the Mexicans were then encouraging the Indians to make a gen-
eral war on the Texans. Yoakum says that during the spring of
1837 a party of Mexicans visited all the frontier Indians of Texas
trying to induce them to make war on the Texans.81 Houston,
in his message of May 5, 1837, said:
This government has recently received information from sources
entirely satisfactory, that a delegation consisting of twenty north-
ern Indians residing on the borders of the United States, had
visited the town of Matamores, and had stipulated with the Mex-
ican authorities, to furnish that government three thousand war-
riors well armed, so soon as it would invade Texas.82
A letter from Vicente Cordova to Manuel Flores, written July
19, 1838, fell into the hands of the Texans, and there seems to
be no reason to doubt the proof contained in this letter. Cor-
Sir, I hold a commission from General Vicente Felisolo, to
raise the Indians as auxiliaries to the National Army, and I have
already entered upon my duties, by uniting a meeting of the
neighboring tribes, and being informed that you are appointed
for the same purpose I would be glad to know what preliminary
arrangements you have made towards the accomplishment of the
objects contemplated; and I hope you will make every effort to
approach with such force as you may have at command as far as
you may judge proper, and that you will make all effort to hold
with me a verbal communication in order that we may have in
our respective stations an understanding, and that you will bring
the pipe which I understand you are in possession of, in order
that the Indian chiefs may smoke it of the Cherokee and other
tribes, who have promised me to unite as soon as possible for
action, and who have also agreed that in case our plans should
be discovered in the meantime, they then will commence oper-
ations with the force we may have at command, and it is highly
desirable that you should approach to give us in such case a help-
"Marshall, A History of the Western Boundary of the Louisiana Pur-
chase, 1819-1841, 154 and 172.
"sYoakum, History of Texas, II, 227.
"sJournal of the House of Representatives, 1 Congress, 2 Session, 12.
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