The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 6
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6 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
PREPARATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
After a long voyage the Galedonia dropped anchor at Norfolk
on June 20.19 Mina, Mier, and an American named Anderson,
landed there while the vessel went on to Baltimore. Mina then
made a hurried trip to Washington,20 a record of which is lacking.
It would be interesting to know whom Mina saw in Washington
and what he was told. Some sort of encouragement must have
been offered, either then or later, and perhaps Jos6 Pedro Gual
exercised an influence in his favor. There is also the question as
to General Scott's influence. The Spanish consul in New York
informed Onis that various revolutionists, including Mina, had
conferences with General Scott and port officials.21 Scott's aid
would be important in gaining officers for the expedition. It is
possible that Scott recommended Mina to Madison and Monroe.
After his Washington trip, Mina arrived in Baltimore in time
to dissuade some of his passengers from carrying out their inten-
tion to reveal his plans to Onis in return for a pardon. The
English crew, with the exception of the captain, cook, and a boy,
jumped ship at Baltimore, but an offer of $20 a month and a
bonus was sufficient to attract another crew almost at once.22 One
of Mina's men, an Italian named Ginni Atagno, visited Onis and
told him that the Caledonia had a cargo of cannon, muskets,
powder, and clothing. According to this informant, Mina intended
to join the insurgents at Boquilla de Piedras. Onis did not
believe Atagno's assertion that Mina was incapable of carrying
out his plan to invade Mexico.23
Mina and Mier found many sympathizers in Baltimore. They
instructed a correspondent to address him in care of General Scott after
he had arrived in Norfolk (Mier to Frasquito - , Norfolk, July 1-13,
in Hernandez, Dooumentos, VI, 909).
18Onfs to Apodaca, Philadelphia, July 23, 1816, AGI PC, leg. 1898. Scott
had preceded Mina, having sailed from Liverpool on the Franklin about
the midde of April. He landed at Baltimore on May 10, 1816, and reported
to the War Department, where he was assigned to the command of the first
and third departments of the Northern Division (Elliott, op. cit., pp.
19Robinson, op. cit., I, 93; Zarate, op. cit., p. 559.
20Mier's Declaration, October 6, 1817, in Hernandez, Documentos, VI,
21Onfs to the Captain-General, Philadelphia, August 21, 1816, AGI PC,
220nfs to Apodaca, Philadelphia, July 23, 1816, AGI PC, leg. 1898.
230nfs to Apodaca, Philadelphia, July 14, 1816, ibid.
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