Evacuation of Texas : translation of the Representation addressed to the supreme government / by Vicente Filisola, in defence of his honor, and explanation of his operations as commander-in-chief of the army against Texas. Page: 19 of 72
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Haviln touched this point, self-respect requires ime to give
sonic explanation concelrning the erroneous intelligence which
was attaclied to my. simple expression, that 1 did not deem necessary
to explain with definitions relating the powers and faculties
of our constituted authorities.-I have saidw fac,t how much
force I gave, under the painful circumstances in which I found
tnyself, to a treaty concluded by the president of the republic
and gencral-in-chlcf of the army: but I never thought that the
injustice would be done me, of suppoing me to be ignorant,
that when the president of the republic in person commands
the army, he neither exercises nor can exercise the executive
power, and that his command.aa is cef ceass when he becomes
a; prisoner. The first is a 'tUth of tight, and the second both
of fact and right, and I, b-cing under the necessity of rtreating
on account of the reasons more extensively explaiueim my
despatches of 14th and 31st May, will not deny that the stipglations
of the president general also powerfully contributed, not
to decide me, because I was already decided by necesity, but
becau~etI saw in his treaty exactly the contrary t wa-t -has
been interreted; that is to say, thlt he treated with ie epectation.that
I would not comply, iecaus that which,is $elleacyj
te president was well aware of, is erallyat-nknown,
viz: tde situation in which he had left the army, and the neceisity
of a retreat which at the -same time should save the army
and the prisoners On this account I also said, in.honor of the
chief of the nati'o, that in his treaty he had not regarded his
OWA persni buf theii teir"t, and tteanitoyhad just separated hinslfty a misfortune,
whos4siation he knew so perfectly, and whose plan of
operations the la~,At communicated to his secoed in command,
for.M the goveranfrtijn place of giving instructions, receives
them from him, I being reduced to know his plan by its results,
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Filísola, Vicente. Evacuation of Texas : translation of the Representation addressed to the supreme government / by Vicente Filisola, in defence of his honor, and explanation of his operations as commander-in-chief of the army against Texas., book, 1837; Columbia, [Tex.]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6110/m1/19/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .