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of the churches are grand and have been beautiful but they are all
now crumbling to atoms for want of the care of those whom war
has driven from their peaceful pursuits. The country around this
place or rather immediately in the valley of the San Antonio river
has been in a high state of cultivation; but is now mostly a waste.
By ditches from the river the whole valley has been irrigated and
thus entirely obviate the necessity of rain in the cultivation of the
soil. But all lies now nearly a desolate waste; a plain evidence that
the superstition of popery cannot thrive under a free government.
The past winter has been very dry and very little [rain] has fallen
until now there has fallen a very fine season. Everything bids fair
for a favorable crop year if the Mexicans do not interfere. Corn is
rather scarce though there will be plenty for bread until the new
crop comes in. I do not know when I may be called to the field;
it may therefore be some time before you hear from me again. [MSS.
torn] The movements of the enemy are [MSS. torn] be upon us in
a very short time with [MSS. torn] force but I think it hardly prob-
able that [MSS. torn] us before we do them. I understand [MSS. torn]
from the United Statese6 and [MSS. torn] sufficient number arrived
in a [MMS. torn] ordered out to cooperate with the [MSS. torn].
The summer and part of the fall, [MSS. torn] undertaking and
should it not [MSS. torn] acknowledgement of Texan independence
[MSS. torn] consider Texas nearly or quite lost. [MSS. torn] Some
disappointments in [MSS. torn] me a little not with the command
[MSS. torn] but I presume these are evils [MSS. torn] not worth
May that God who rules [MSS. torn] and sustains all things by
[MSS. torn] [pro]tect and guard you all through [MSS. torn] life
and when time is no [MSS. torn] lasting kingdom where [MSS. torn]
is the prayer of your affectionate [MSS. torn].
RUTERSVILLE, February loth, 1843
MR. WM. A. BELL:
Doubtless before this time you have had the melancholy inteligence
botham, John Bradley, Chauncey Johnson, and merchants such as Wilson Riddle
and John Twohig.-Rena Maverick Green (ed.), Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick
(San Antonio, 1921), 2g, 25, 54.
6eThe brief occupation of San Antonio, Refugio, and Goliad in early March
caused the militia to descend upon San Antonio en masse. At the same time many
frontier families fled from their homes. President Houston had left Austin before
the Mexican invasion and ordered the government archives to be moved from that
capital city lest it be invaded. William Henry Daingerfield was sent as commissioner
to secure aid from the United States, and volunteer troops coming from the United
States were supposed to come already armed and provisioned for six months.
Henderson Yoakum, History of Texas from Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its
Annexation to the United States in 1846 (2 vols.; New York, 1855), II, 350-352.
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