The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 97
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Joseph Eve, Charge d'Affaires to Texas
dent has made this appointment to break up the Army again
because it is organizing by virtue of Burleson's proclamation.
Burleson is the favourite in the west, but unfortunately for
the Country there is no union, harmony or concert between
him and the President many of the most tallented, influential,
and wealthy Citizens are with Burleson and against the Presi-
dent, the whole of the war party are against him. I take no
side, and as yet believe I have the friendship and confidence
of both parties. All seem to feel grateful for the interposition
of the President of the United States in his effort to induce
Mexico to acknowledge the independence of Texas, they have
however relied too much upon the aid and protection of the
United States, instead of working out their own salvation by
uniting under their single star, with one heart and one mind,
and bringing their private resources to the aid of the country,
for the Government has none being destitute of money and
credit, and may be well compared to a ship upon a stormy sea
without sail or ballast where every mariner claims to be pilot,
and where it requires great firmness prudence and tallents to
save it from being capsized by the waves of popular dissension,
or strand [ed] upon the beach by the Mexican bayonet.
Genl, Burleson is near Sanantonio and has near a thousand
men others are going on, he writes to a friend here that he
understands that Genl, Woll the Mexican commander is on the
Nueces river fortifying his Camp, and waiting for reinforce-
ments, and that he intends marching against him unless some
other Commander shall be elected, in that case he will go in
any station assigned him if that of a private soldier. We have
had no vessel here from Orleans for ten days, by the last we
received intelligence, that the United States and Mexico had
adjusted all their difficulties, a letter was received here by the
same vessel from a United States merchant at Tampico that
the Mexicans were fiting out a sufficient number of vessels to
invade Galveston with 6000 men this intelligence has pro-
duced great alarm with many of the citizens here especially
the merchants, and if true induces the belief that Genl, San
Ta Anna has rejected the proposition of the United States and
British Governments to negotiate a peace between Texas and
As a friend to humanity to Texas and to Mexico, I regret
that his inflexible stubbourness and inordinate ambition, has
rendered him incapable of perceiving that he is playing a game
of great hazard one which may terminate his own and his
country's destiny, much sooner than by giving peace to Texas
will if her citizens act with wisdom prudence and concert be
able to maintain her independence and will if constantly goaded
and provoked by Mexican depredations ultimately give laws to
If Genl, San Ta Anna counts numbers and resources only,
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