The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 89
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New, Mexico and the Texan Santa F Expedition
open communications with Santa F6 it would be possible to secure
peaceably "that important position in the interior of North Amer-
ica-that key which will unlock to the enterprise of North Amer-
icans the valuable country of California on the shores of the
Pacific Ocean."" Such a plan was commented upon favorably in
Texas at the time,12 but a bill providing for the opening of trade
"with the northwestern part of the Republic" was defeated in the
Texas Congress during the following May.'3
Park's letter intimated that the New Mexicans would offer no
resistance, and early in 1839 new information from the frontier
strengthened this belief. William Jefferson Jones, who had been
sent to the frontier with an expedition under Colonel Henry
Karnes against the Comanches, reported that he had been in-
vestigating the possibility of establishing communication between
Texas and Santa PF. He went into details concerning the com-
mercial and political possibilities, and as to the attitude of the
people of New Mexico, he said:
The great distance of Santa F6 from the government of Mexico
has left that territory entirely dependent upon itself for protec-
tion, and the people only feel the authority of the political power
thro' the weight of taxation imposed by the central head. They
are prepared to unite with us, and this is the favorable moment
to cement the friendship they have agreed to reciprocate. The
revolutionary spirit is warm in New Mexico, and the people are
determined to throw off the despotic yoke of the present govern-
ment. We should at once demonstrate our sympathies with them.1'
These letters furnish examples of the information which was
reaching Texas. But their accuracy is questionable. Park's let-
ter was written while a revolutionary movement was in progress
in New Mexico, and it was not possible for him to learn the atti-
ture of the people. Jones wrote purely from hearsay, and ap-
parently did not know that the revolt of 1837 had been sup-
pressed. As a result his statements alone could hardly be accepted
as an accurate account of the New Mexican sentiment toward
lTelegraph and Texas Register, December 23, 1837.
"Ibid., January 27, 1838.
1Tcxas Congress, House Journal, 2 Cong., 2 seas., p. 101.
"Jones to Lamar, February 8, 1839, in Gulick (ed.), Papers of Mira-
beau Buonaparte Lamar, II, 437-440. For a summary of the letter and a
statement of its significance, see Christian, Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar,
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