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Toledo was assisted in his efforts by Don Segundo Correa who
had come from London at Mina's expense. Correa also decided
to seek the king's pardon and Onis gave him a dangerous mission,
that of staying with the expedition and attempting to cause dis-
sension among the men, possibly even to assassinate Mina.41 Correa
promised to serve the king faithfully, but the interception of
the Spanish legation's correspondence in November revealed the
scheme.42 Fortunately for Correa, he was safe in New Orleans
when his treachery became known. Toledo did not give up hope
that he could prevent the expedition's departure or cripple it
seriously. Mina and Mier, who did not at that time know of
Toledo's reconciliation with Ferdinand VII, asked him to keep
quiet. Two vessels were ready to sail with recruits and supplies,
but Toledo informed the merchants that "the Congress had been
dissolved . . . that all was in anarchy . . . that the insurrection
was almost suppressed, that the General . . . would soon be
assassinated and his officers expelled. . . ."43 The merchants
withdrew their support for the time being, and in order to make
the best of the situation, the two vessels were sent to Port-au-
Prince." In this emergency Dennis Smith honored a draft which
Mina drew against London merchants. Through Mier's friend-
ship with Alexander Smith, three of the merchants agreed to go
through with the plans, and Dennis Smith assumed responsibility
for the expedition.45 Mina's equipment consisted of a park of
41Mier to Anonymous, Galveston, February ?, 1817, in Hernandez, Docu-
mentos, VI, 902. OnIs gave Correa a passport to insure his receiving aid
from royalist officers (Encl. no. 3 in Masot to Cienfuegos, San Carlos de
Barrancas, February 21, 1817, No. 69, AGI PC, leg. 1874).
420nfs to the Captain-General, Philadelphia, December 8, 1816, AGI PC,
43Mier to Antonio Sesma, Galveston, December 14, 1816, in Hernandez,
Documentos, VI, 911. Robinson states that the Spanish consul in Balti-
more asked the British consul for assistance in preventing the departure
of one of the vessels. The ship, with a cargo of military stores, cleared for
St. Thomas and anchored outside of Fort McHenry. On the night of
August 28, two hundred passengers embarked under the direction of
Colonel the Count de Ruuth. "The ship left the capes of Virginia on the
1st of September, in company with a Spanish schooner, which had been
hired by Mina, and on board of which was Lieutenant-Colonel Myers, of
the Artillery, with his company. . . ." (Memoirs, I, 97-99). The ship
was the Oaledonia, and the brig in which Mina was to follow, was the
44Mier to Antonio Sesma, Galveston, December 14, 1816, in Hernandez,
Documents, VI, 911.
45sMier to Sres. P. and A., Baltimore, September 15, 1816, in Hernandez,
op. cit., VI, 911.
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