The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 490
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Before taking my departure from this place, permit me to
acknowledge the sincere gratitude I feel for your many acts of kindness.
The sense of obligation on my part is greatly enhanced is greatly en-
hanced [sic] by the consideration that I possessed no claim upon your
generosity. If any accident should befall me my brother-in-law C. N.
Bassett of Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas will will [sic] account
to you for my portion of the joint note. Where our destination will be
from this point I cannot with certainty predict. The Commandante
of Santiago informs us Perote, while Col. OCamp says there has been
no such order ordered. The movements of the officers of our guard
have been involved in considerable mystery. They have commenced
treating us with rigorous severity. This morning my blood boiled with
indignation to witness the infliction of stripes upon a fellow comrade
because he did not move with sufficient alacrity to furnish a list of
our names. A little more goading our men to acts of desperation and
another Salado affair may enrich the pages of Mexican history. The
pains of being in their hands even when attended by all the mitigating
circumstances of kind treatment is sufficiently horrible. What then
must be the deep agony of an American to be struck by one of these
imps of darkness who has been transferred from the Penitentiary
to the ranks? Sir it is unsupportable. The blood of an American can-
not brook the degredation.
In a few hours we shall take up our line of march for a new prison
and an unknown town. Upon whatever point the tide of my affairs
may cast me it will be a proud gratification to me to hear from the
Minister of the U.S. Very Respectfully
Yr Friend & Sevt.
F. M. Gibson
There is much parallel information in the correspondence of
Thompson and of Andrew Jackson. A letter in the Jackson file
is dated from Denmark, Tennessee, February 6, 1844.9
Having seen a communication from the honorable Waddy
Thompson, minister Plenipot[entiary] of the United States at the
Court of Mexico, in which he speaks of your successfull interposition
in the behalf of Mr. Bradley,10 who has been in consequence of your
9William Harbert to Andrew Jackson, February 6, 1844, Andrew Jackson Papers
(microfilm, University of Texas Library), Ist Series, vols. 10o8-111, reel 56.
1John Bradley was an uncle of Mrs. Samuel A. Maverick of San Antonio. In
September, 1842, he was in Fayette County to look after Mrs. Maverick's interests
and there joined Nicholas Dawson to go to the relief of San Antonio. Bradley was
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