The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 549
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by another Road Arrived at St. Antonio before them and it is
Seposed they are all arrested.
Three Million of a hardy Warlike people, Our Neighbours,
having Changed their government, between us & them, there
are no fixed Boundaries. Commercial nor any other regulations,
through whose Country our Revenue & Laws-prohibiting the
Introduction of Slaves & May be infringed will no
doubt be Subject of Consideration of Our Government."8
That Belt of Country between this Town & the River Sabine
Called Neutral Ground, has become a Harbour for Thieves,
Robbers & Murderers to an alarming degree. I was yesterday
out with a Coroners Inquest on the Body of a Man a Citizen
of the U. S. who was found Dead, who had been Robbed &
Murdered by them, a few Miles from this Town.
That this would be the case was foreseen Since that honest
Industrious Settlement of people at the Adaize [Los Adaes]
was broken up by Order of Our own & the Spanish Government
I am with great respect & Esteem
Your Obt. Hble. Servant
Honble. William Eustis
Secretary of War
s8This paragraph is significant; Sibley was advocating an active policy
on the Louisiana-Texas frontier by the United States. This desire was
also reflected in the National Intelligencer of April by the statement that
"the revolution may change men and things," and that it would soon
become a question whether that frontier was sufficiently guarded. National
Intelligencer, Washington, D.C., October 8, 1811.
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