The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 600
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we shall feel in danger. That there are British Emissaries
amongst the Royalists of Mexico, we have no doubts; hitherto
the Indians have inclined to the sides of the Republicans gen-
erally because they have been till now the conquerors: it is
observable that all the Indians on this side the Mississippi,
since the U. States & Great Britain have been at War & the
Revolutionary Wars in Taixus [Texas], have discovered a dis-
position to be employed on one side as the other; to distinguish
themselves as Warriors. The hope of plunder & presents they
expect from those whose interests they espouse are their mo-
tives, they consider it as unmanly & womanish in their times
to look on as spectators. The Caddos the most respectable &
steady Nation amongst them, have several times inquired if
their services would not be wanted in our Wars, & there are
reasons to think, strong as are their professions of Friendship
toward us, that Should we not take means to Secure them or
should reject their offered services & our Enemies could have
intercourse with them, they would take arms against us. The
Moral objection that seems prevailent in the U. S. Against em-
ploying Savages in our Wars, admitting it incontravertable, it
would seem should yield to this political necessity of employ-
ing them, or having them against us. I have received satisfac-
tory proof that Emissaries from the Creek Nations, have been
amongst the Alibamis and Conchattis on this side the Rivers
Missisippi, who are descendants from the Creek Nations, en-
deavouring to excite them to Acts of Hostility against the
peoples of this State. They have been divided by the Revolu-
tion of Mexico, in which Several parties of them have been
employed. What turn this late defeat may produce is doubtful.
We do know that the Royalists feel as hostile toward us as
toward the Revolutionists, Aradondo is now the Conqueror, has
plenty of Arms, Ammunition, Horses, & Mules to engage the
Indians with & we have every reason to expect he will make
use of all the Means in his power to injure us, for my part it
appears totaly impracticable for Genl. Toledo to make a stand
at Nacog. as he announced, he has neither Arms, Amunition,
Men nor provisions & those Individuals in this Country who
feel inclined to aid him, have advanced already more than they
could spare, with a prospect of being remunerated. On the
events of his abandoning the province of Taxus [Texas], our
situation [manuscript blurred] of this defeat, with the loss on
each Side as Soon as it Can be Obtained with the Most impor-
tant Consequences Resulting from it.
with great Esteem
Your Obt. Hble Servant
Genl. John Armstrong
Secretary of War
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