The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 484
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disappointed at not seeing Gen'l Santa Anna as he did not pass through
In another package I sent you our city papers containing all the
congressional news and the military court of inquiry which are the only
questions and topics that agitate the community.
On my route home I called to see Maj. Gen'l Winfield Scott who
was very glad to see me. He informed me that he knew your family
and was highly pleased with the description I gave him of your char-
acter and your liberal and patriotic aid in the cause of the new Re-
public at its gloomiest period.
I have spent my time so far very agreeable and exceedingly regret
that you have not participated in it. In my travels I fell in with many
who knew you personally. They were gratified in learning of your con-
tinued good health and your name, Sir, stands high wherever it is known.
While at Louisville I heard that a Mr. Jonson, a petty quartermaster
of Harrison's brigade who remained some 8 days in Texas, had reported
in Louisville that you had no command in the army and was not
esteemed in the country. When I heard it, I made it my business to
give the party the lie and called to see Mr. Jonson and was informed
he had gone to New Orleans. Had I fallen in with him he should have
recalled all that I have heard or I should have chastised him. I simply
replied that if Mr. Jonson had any animosity against you, it was on
no other account than this that when the army arrived at Aldrete
Ranch and you purchased a barrel of whiskey on your own account and
that he could not obtain as much of it as he would like to have had.
That is the only scoundrel who spoke in derogatory language of you,
and he pretended to be one of your particular friends while in camp.
I regret that I have nothing of importance to write to you. So
soon as there is any thing worth your attention or interest, you shall
hear it without delay. I must conclude by desiring you to present my
respects to Gen'l S. Houston, F. Huston, Major Cook, and all my par-
ticular friends. My good wishes for your welfare and happiness from
your devoted friend,
P. S. Should there be any probability of a renewal of hostilities by
writing to me I will attend to your mandates no matter what sacrifice
I make at home. I expect to hear from you often and as early as
35Dyer's son says that Dyer was one of Santa Anna's escorts to Washington, but no
official document makes mention of him in that capacity. His enlistment expired and
he returned east almost simultaneously with Santa Anna's party, however, and, as a
member of the faction that opposed Santa Anna's release, he no doubt took a special
interest in the Mexican president's journey.
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