The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 368
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about it to quiet matters at home, the difficulty will be a short one.
I would not be surprised if the United States troops were ordered to
the Rio Grande immediately and many of our ships of war to the
Gulph of Mexico-if not done before the 4th of March, I am satisfied
some step of the kind will be taken shortly after-so prepare for it.
The people of the United States in electing Governor Polk of Ten-
nessee their President have given a decision in favor of its admission
and it must be and will be at all hazards. I will sustain the adminis-
tration in their efforts to carry out that decision, emigrants will flock
to Texas immediately-this I think will be premiture in them, they
had better stay away until all difficulties are settled.
In view of the writer's analysis of the situation, he proceeds
to counsel his son as follows:
Land will go up if you wait, if you could buy any conditionally on
time, do so-get Baty's 3ooo acres if to be had on the terms named, say
2 negro fellows and a woman. Negroes have already raised in price.
If Navarro's land on the Guadelupe has not been sold and can be had,
write me immediately, I will go to Mexico and buy it-the Guadelupe,
St. Marks, St. Antonio and the country above La Grange will be the
one most sought after. I would not retain on hand any amounts of
goods-trade them off for stock cattle if cattle can be had low. You
are authorized to draw on me at New Orleans any amount in payment
for them, made ten thousand dollars payable by the first of April next.
You might draw at an earlier date but I fear I may not get there and
I do not want to disappoint anyone of whom you purchase-if I get
in sooner I will advise you. Texas bonds have gone up to 205o cents on
the dollar. If you can get a good lot for business in St. Antonio low
at long rent procure it if possible-also one in Austin. Do not involve
yourself for them. ... Keep a sharp lookout-something is now to
be made with care and industry. No credit will be necessary. What
we have must be kept in hand until value received. Trust no one with
your goods or property-the laws of the country are unsettled and will
be for some time so take care. ... All kinds of business is amiss here
since the results of the Presidential election. Stocks of the states that
voted for Governor Polk have depreciated while those of the Whig
states stand firm, to-wit-Ohio, Ky. Tennesee, North Carolina, Mass.
Maryland, Delaware, Jersey, Conn. and Rhode Island.
On December 17, 1844, the writer again communicated from
Washington where he was still detained by business.
I wish it was in my power to give you something definite and cer-
tain, all things here are in doubt and uncertainty. My own opinion is
that the Senate will postpone the annexation at the present session of
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