The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 48
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The National spirit is elated with the successful resistance of
the French, and the triumph over the Federalists.
The position of Genl Santa Anna will induce him to encourage
Bustamente in some expedition against Texas, as, if beaten, Santa
Anna's power is strengthened and if successful he is revenged on
his enemies. Genl Bustamente, by marching through Tamauli-
pas and Coahuila may suppress the renewal of the revolutionary
spirit in those states, and then with troops self-styled victorious,
pass the Rio Grande.
Under this state of things I submit to you whether you ought
to go beyond Nashville.
The Country must be saved in despite of the petty prejudices
and narrow conceits of little minds. I have seen but one man
in Texas competent to manage its defence against a formidable
A single act of indiscretion might lose the Country. The
Fabian policy and a wise discretion as to time and place for
fighting if the invasion should be strong, can alone save us.
You know better than anyone else the difficulty with our people
of conducting a campaign upon this plan.
Nothing but extraordinary powers of personal command in
the Genl can achieve it.
If we are pressed, whatever may be the action or want of action
on the part of the Govmt, the nation will require your presence,
and with one accord.
When your country calls I know you will not refuse to come-
but you must be near or some fatal error may occur before you
All our friends are well. Texas Money at 30 cts. Do write,
and believe me sincerely your fr,
[Addressed:] Genl Sam Houston
Care of Col Wm Chrystie
Please have this letter forwarded without delay.
[Endorsed:] John Birdsall
To Genl Houston, June 10th, 1839.
Immediately after the death of Chief Justice Collinsworth be-
came known, namely, July 17, 1838, the Bar of Brazoria County
sent to President Houston, then at Nacogdoches, a very strong
endorsement of Birdsall as his successor.
We, the undersigned members of the Brazoria Bar, conceiving
it of the last importance to the vital interest of the country that
the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court should be filled
by a gentleman of the highest character for legal attainments,
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923, periodical, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/m1/54/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.