The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 92
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the time of his assumption of the governorship he had indicated
his need for additional troops in New Mexico. His story of an
impending revolution did not bring the desired result, so he fol-
lowed it with the danger from the traders and Indians. This
also failed, so he has now turned to the possibility of a union be-
tween the Texans and the New Mexicans in order to arouse the
government to action. In other words, if this hypothesis is car-
ried a step further, the statement was made to secure a result
which would be beneficial to him, and therefore, without other
evidence to support it, its veracity is open to question.
On receiving this last report the Mexican minister of war re-
plied with a promise of assistance "if the danger becomes immi-
nent,"24 thus apparently implying a doubt as to the seriousness
of the situation. It is significant that Armijo made no more
reports until March, 1840, and that his accounts from that time
up to the arrival of the expedition seem to indicate an effort to
send on to Mexico City only such information as could be secured
through his agents. And he had now begun to receive evidence
which would bear out his statement of the previous summer con-
cerning the attitude of at least a part of the inhabitants of New
About the middle of March he received from Pedro Lujan the
alarming news that a party of five hundred Texans had just passed
through Taos.25 This information was immediately despatched
to the minister of war, together with a statement of the difficulty
of raising a force to meet them; and a direct appeal for aid was
made."e On the next day after this request was sent he received
a correction of Lujan's message concerning the Texans. The re-
vised message stated that Lujan had misunderstood a conversa-
tion to the effect that a party of five hundred Texans was sup-
posed to be on the way to Taos.27 In spite of the fact that this
revision destroyed the basis of his appeal for immediate assistance,
Armijo showed his good faith by sending it on in the wake of the
"4Minister of War to Armijo, October 31, 1839.
"Lujan to Armijo, March 13, 1840.
2'Armijo to Minister of War, March 17, 1840.
27Lopez to Armijo, March 16, 1840.
'sArmijo to Minister of War, March 18, 1840.
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