The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 86
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
What seems to be the nearest approach to the material neces-
sary for the correct answer has been inaccessible until recent
years because of the fact that it was filed away in various govern-
ment archives of the Republic of Mexico. Bolton's Guide to
Materials for the History of the United States in the Principal
Archives of Mexico furnishes a clue,2 and among the transcripts
which were made under the direction of Professor Bolton during
his researches in Mexico, there is a collection of something over
a thousand typewritten pages on the Santa FP expedition. The
documents include reports from the governor of New Mexico to
the Mexican government concerning conditions in the territory
under his jurisdiction; letters from other Mexican frontier offi-
cials concerning the activities of the Texans; papers confiscated
from the members of the expedition; and instructions from officers
in Mexico City concerning the measures to be taken in defense
of Santa PF.3 Even this array of material leaves much to b.e
desired in the way of a definite answer to the above questions,
but since it provides information from an angle which has not
been reached previously, it seems worthy of consideration.
Because of the nature of the subject, and also because of the
shortcomings of the material, the attempt has been made to indi-
cate the process by which conclusions have been reached, in the
belief that, although it may prove somewhat tedious, it is essen-
tial to draw a distinction between conclusions based on definite
evidence on the one hand, and those based on inferences, however
logical they may seem, on the other. It has been necessary also
to quote documents which have been quoted by others; but this
has been done for the sake of fitting such material as has already
been used into the thread of the narrative alongside of such new
material as is being presented at this time.
Although the story of the expedition itself is familiar, it should
be pointed out that the episode was simply the natural result of
the expansionist plans of the Republic of Texas, and that its
objects were two: primarily to open commercial relations between
'See pages 279-283, 330-331, 455.
*The writer wishes to take this opportunity to express his sincere grati-
tude to Professor Bolton for his generosity in granting an unrestricted
access to this set of transcripts.
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