The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 230
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Mexicans, and whereas he is now their prisoner in the cells of
Perote under all the hard treatment known to their prisoners, and
whereas through our State Legislature Congress has been memor-
ialized to demand & procure his release and whereas through our
worthy and highly esteemed representative Hon. Jacob Thompson
member of Congress from the State of Mississippi such memorial
has been presented, and whereas the proper officer of the country
through our Minister Wady [sic] Thompson has been requested and
demanded his our friend Thomas Nelson's release and whereas all
our efforts both through our state and United States authority have
failed and proved unavailing in effecting our most earnest wishes in
Resolved therefore by the ties that bind American citizens to
each other in every land and Country and by the humanity &
patriotism that has ever been characteristic of the Hero of the Her-
mitage that we as the last alternative to secure our friend's lib-
erty and return him to the bosom of a heart broken mother whose
widowhood and years has additional claims upon us; that we seek
and ask Genl. Andrew Jackson to write Santa Anna a letter re-
questing the liberty of our friend.
Resolved also that the exalted character of the name not only
the estimation of his own countrymen, but that of other countries
and especially the high opinion of Santa Anna himself as expressed
in his letter recently published in the newspapers gives a sufficient
guarantee that such a letter coming from the hero at the Hermi-
tage would secure our friend that liberty more valuable to him than
Resolved also that Genl Andrew Jackson exercise his own dis-
cretion in referring that letter either to the minister of our coun-
try or to Joseph E. Nelson the brother of Thomas who by the
passports daily expected from the proper officers of his country will
bear it immediately to Waddy Thompson.
Resolved further that this preamble and resolution be signed by
the Chairman and secretary and a copy of same be sent to Genl
A. C. Baine. Chm.
Geo. S. Galladay. Scy.
Thomas King Nelson enlisted in Fayette County as a sergeant
under Captain William M. Eastland. He was sick in the hospital
in Mexico City in July, 1843, and was not released until Septem-
ber 16, 1844. His claim for "services and losses as sergeant on the
Mier Expedition" was filed in Public Debt Papers (Archives,
Texas State Library).
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