The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 83
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there for some time with a considerable force, under whom
they will work in said establishment until the arrival of Toledo
with 900 more men, armed and uniformed, whose uniforms
are being made in this city, and [who are being] recruited
under the pretext of a secret expedition. Before leaving they
will be regimented into companies of infantry, cavalry, and
artillery independently of two other companies, one of iron-
smiths and the other of carpenters, so that nothing may be
lacking for the establishment and defense of this port. Many
armed vessels will cruise from [this port] in order to destroy
That Toledo has not only been named commander-in-chief
of this new colony and revolutionary establishment in the
Internal Provinces, but is also provided with 1500 military
commissions; that a proclamation is being printed in his name,
which invites men of every nationality to join him, offering
them great inducements provided they follow his banner until
their independence is assured. [Toledo] is boasting that he
will take from this Province alone, not counting many more
from other nations and states, more than two thousand French-
men-whites as well as mulattoes--expelled from the island of
Cuba who will surely take up arms to win a new fatherland
and to avenge themselves upon the Spanish Government.
Finally, that the new minister has called on all of the armorers
of the former pirates of Barataria, offering them his protection
and letters of marque from the Mexican Congress, giving as-
surance that all of those which may be sent to Boquilla de
Piedra with any commission from him, will receive the title of
Ships of State on their return. That Toledo as well as the Min-
ister busy themselves day and night in elaborating the regu-
lations necessary to carry out their plans.
That in spite of everything, if in response to my warnings
the Spanish Government was inclined to grant him the men-
tioned favors, and we could supply the indispensable pecuniary
aid, we could render the greatest services to Spain; and he
concluded by urging the importance of secrecy, and by entreat-
ing us not to put his name in writing nor even to reveal it
until being certain that his offers were accepted by His Majes-
ty's chiefs, to whom it would be necessary to communicate it
leans, March 8, 1816, AGI PC, leg. 1836). On November 24, 1815, Picor-
nell wrote to de Onis that Humbert and 50 men had gone to join Perry
near the Sabine (AGI PC, leg. 1815).
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