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and $110,000.32 With such promising preparations going forward
in Baltimore, Mina visited other cities to interest recruits.33 He
was inu Philadelphia on July 30 and the IVeekly Aurora announced
on that date: "It is not improbable that he will join the standard
of liberty in South America." More free advertising was given
in the notice that
the revolutionists of the southern republic, appear to derive
vigor from disaster. They are very solicitous to obtain officers
and artificers from the United States-and hold out very
strong inducements, by their private letters.34
Mina, with his chief of staff, Naboa, went to New York early in
August for more recruits and supplies. New York exporters
were interested in the Mexican prospects as well as in Carrera's
propositions. Two schooners were despatched with arms and ammu-
nition with the intention of joining the Caledonia at Baltimore.
Joseph Bonaparte, then living in Philadelphia, was reported as
having given Naboa letters of credit for $100,000 against London
banking houses. In view of all these preparations, the United
States did no more than to make futile gestures to prevent them.35
The appearance of so many revolutionists in New York, Baltimore,
and Philadelphia caused Onis to fear that nothing would be done
to prevent an expedition of eighteen or twenty vessels from sailing
to attack Mexico.36
SPANISH EFFORTS TO BLOCK THE EXPEDITION
Mina's final preparations coincided with the appearance of Jos6
Alvarez de Toledo at Philadelphia to confer with Onis in his
32Mier's Declaration, November 13, 1817, in IHernandez, op. cit., VI, 817.
Mina bore letters of credit against Baltimore merchants (Onis to Apodaca,
Philadelphia, July 14, 1816, AGI PC, leg. 1898).
33Mier's Declaration, October 6, 1817, in Hcrnindez, op. cit., VI, 807.
34Weelly Aurora (Philadelphia), August 6, 1816.
3501ifs to the Captain-General, Philadelphia, August 21, 1816, AGI PC,
leg. 1808. Joseph Bonaparte may have aided the enterprise, but it is hardly
plausible that Mina would have accepted money from a Bonaparte. Reports
circulated at Galveston that Mina had $500,000 "at his disposition, fur-
nished by a society in London, of which Mr. Stewart is the acting agent."
(Extract- of a letter from Natchitoches, February 4, 1817, House Docu-
ments, 15 Cong., 1 sess., vol. 2, no. 12, p. 7).
360nfs to the Captain-General, Philadelphia, August 25, 1816, in Archivo
General de la Naci6n, Notas Diplom:Lticas, I, f. 244. Transcript in Deering
Library, Northwestern University. Hereafter cited as AGN ND.
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