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A land expedition into southern Texas under Alvarez de Toledo
and Humbert, and a naval attack against Tampico by Dominique
You would be supported by another expedition into northern
Texas under Gutierrez and General John Coffee.3 Alvarez de
Toledo was the principal organizer of the intrigue, and it is
very unlikely that he ever intended to cooperate with Gutierrez
Alvarez de Toledo needed the cooperation of the Mexican
Congress to provide money and commissions, he needed the aid
of the privateers of the Gulf to provide vessels and seamen,
and of the New Orleans merchants to provide munitions and
supplies. In his letters to the Congress he urged that a min-
ister be sent to the United States to replace the incompetent
Juan Pablo Anaya.4 During the early summer of 1815 Anaya
and Humbert were eliminated from serious consideration in
Toledo's devious intrigue. Colonel Henry Perry, a survivor of
the battle of the Medina River of August, 1813, and a defender
of New Orleans under Jackson, joined forces with Alvarez de
Toledo. Tennessee, Louisiana, and Kentucky would be drawn
upon for soldiers whom Perry would gather at Belle Isle. Vin-
cent Gambi, instead of Dominique You, would lead a privateer
squadron against Tampico.5 The entire scheme could be brought
to fruition if a minister came from the Mexican Congress with
money and authority to issue commissions-especially money,
for without it the New Orleans merchants would not provide
the necessary munitions and supplies. Perry began to gather
recruits at Belle Isle for later transportation to Matagorda
Bay" while Alvarez de Toledo prepared to sail to Mexico on
John K. West's Petit Milan (alias Aguila),? with a cargo for
the insurgents. The Petit Milan reached Boquilla de Piedra
safely, landed its cargo, and returned to New Orleans with the
newly appointed minister, Don Jos6 Manuel de Herrera, and
$23,000. Upon the arrival of de Herrera in New Orleans in
3Luis de Onis to the Viceroy, Philadelphia, May 1, 1815, Archivo Gen-
eral y Pablico la Naci6n, Notas Diplomiticas, III, f. 257; typescripts
in the Ayer Collection, Newberry Library. Hereafter cited as AGN ND.
4Alvarez de Toledo to the Mexican Congress, New Orleans, February
10, 1815, AGI Indiferente General de Nueva Espafia, 136-7-9, ff. 21-24.
5De Onis to the Captain-General, Philadelphia, August 14, 1815, AGI
PC, leg. 1856.
6Diego Morphy to de Apodaca, New Orleans, March 12, 1816, AGI, PC,
7Morphy to Apodaca, New Orleans, September 4, 1815, ibid.
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