The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 29
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1835-1836
the amount to be taken by the government to ten per cent. All
vessels sailing under authority of a letter of marque and reprisal
were to fly the flag of the Republic of Mexico, and were to have
the figures 1, 8, 2, 4, against the white ground of the flag. The
governor was instructed to send three blank commissions to
Thomas F. McKinney and Silas Dinsmore of Velasco, and not
more than six blank commissions to Samuel Whiting of Trinity
River. These men were to issue the commissions." Within a short
time the Council had granted letters to Silas Dinsmore, Jr.,
Colonel Potter, Ira R. Lewis, Benjamin F. Smith, and several
Provision for the creation of a navy was made in an ordinance
of November 25. The navy was to consist of two schooners of
twelve guns each, and two schooners of six guns each, which were
to be manned by the necessary number of officers, seamen and
marines.5 The agents to the United States were authorized to
purchase vessels for the navy. No further consideration was given
the navy until Johnson was authorized to make the expedition to
Matamoras. Vessels were needed to co-operate with him, and
January 3, a committee reported concerning offers made by Mc-
Kinney and Williams. Barrett stated, for the committee, that
McKinney was offering the government the schooner William
Robbins for $3,500; and that McKinney and Williams were willing
to sell the Invincible, a schooner of 126 tons burthen, for first cost
and charges. It was recommended that agents be appointed to
inspect the vessels and purchase them if they were satisfactory.
Two days later Edmund Andrews and William P. Harris were
made the agents of the government. In case the vessels were
bought, the governor was to inform the agents to the United
States of the fact, in order that they might limit their purchases
Smith found much fault with the measure, and returned it with
a very snobbish letter. He had considered the ordinance "with
that attention which I considered the subject merited, and have
enclosed it back," with objections. According to the governor
sabid., I, 603, 942.
4Ibid., I, 611, 617, 627.
sIbid., I, 588, 931.
6Ibid., I, 730, 738, 1031.
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