The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 82
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tional to the services that he might render; the guaranty of
two vessels of his ownership in case they should be taken at
sea, provided that he give and will give previous notice of
their departure and the purpose of their commission, [as well
as the assurance of] good treatment for the crews of said
vessels; nevertheless, he asked that legal action be taken against
them as prescribed by our laws, so that no one at any time
might be aware of his understanding with our Government.
Concerning these points he asked an early and decisive reply,
without which requisite his promises would remain null and
the said person exempt from his agreement. And in order to
give the Spanish Government at present a proof of what he
had revealed, he charged me especially to inform Your High-
ness for him that the projects of Toledo and of the said Min-
ister [Herrera] were the following:
To arm all the present insurgents and those of the other
Provinces who are going to rebel, for which purpose various
proclamations are being sent, and a large number of arms for
infantry, cavalry, and light artillery, for which several con-
tracts have been made in this country with various persons.
The contracts are going, on a vessel that is being prepared for
Boquilla de Piedra, to the Mexican Congress for its approval;
that said vessel [is] also carrying a printing press and printers,
some two thousand guns, and a large number of saddles; that
this vessel and others that will follow are charged not only
with bringing the funds'5 that now exist in Boquilla de Piedra,
but also those that may be taken from the convoys that ply
between Mexico and Vera Cruz, upon which point the com-
mandant of the insurgents on that coast has the most rigid
orders from his Congress.
That they are going to open two additional ports to assure
themselves the necessary supplies and to establish foreign com-
munication; that these ports are Tampico and another new one
near Matagorda; that the latter will be opened immediately,
and the former in the spring; that for the establishment of
the new one, 90 capable men have already gone in pirogues to
join General Humbert near the Sabine.'6 [Humbert] has been
"5An American naval ketch, the Surprise, sailed for Boquilla in No-
vember and returned about December 20, 1815, with $13,000 for de Herrera
(Morphy to the Captain-General, New Orleans, December 27, 1815, AGI
PC, leg. 1815).
6"On November 20 a schooner with 80 men and supplies sailed for
Matagorda but was lost at Galveston (Morphy to de Apodaca, New Or-
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