The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 22
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College of Mines. All lithographs of Mexico City in this article courtesy
Genaro Garcia Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University
of Texas, Austin.
Henry Watterson, believed "a braver, more intellectual woman never
lived," adding she was "a born insurrecto and a terror with her pen."
Her "courage, stability and perseverance" were attributes cited by an-
other admirer, Aaron Burr.' She had met President James K. Polk on
several occasions, and had contacts with Secretary of War Marcy,
Secretary of State James Buchanan, and members of Congress and
Polk's wartime administration.
Storms's journalistic career coincided with a time of rapid growth
for the American penny press, which leapt at the opportunity to report
the war with Mexico. This conflict became the first foreign war to be
of Mr. Benton with money to enable Santa Anna and his soldiers to keep the country in
slavery, was met in Mexico with a decided increase of the war spirit. Money paid to their
corrupt rulers, means chains for the mass, and the willingness to impose them upon a
suffering people is arousing against us whatever there is of sound patriotism in Mexico.
..." Sun (New York), Apr. 19, 1847. In a second letter published in the Sun the same day,
Storms outlined a peace settlement being proposed at the time by politicians and clergy
in Mexico City. "This is so much better than any thing [sic] Benton can do with his
millions of bribe money that he will be certain to oppose it," she commented.
aHenry Watterson, "Marse Henry": An Autobiography (a vols.; New York, 1919), I, 57;
James (ed.), Notable American Women, I, 316 (third quotation).
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