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: 56 of 72
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lency, in my humble opinion, in the treaties that he agreed upon,
and that I had the honor to send your Excellency, acted with
entire liberty, and had nothing more in view than the interest
of his country. He was well aware of the situation of the
army, and all that it was able to perform under the circumstances
in which he had left it: so that he was willing to become the
only victim of his ever to be lamented misfortune, without ever
sustaining the ugly imputation of selfishness or weakness of mind
in his proceedings.
As regards myself, I do not pretend to fly from the responsibilities
which may result to me from my operations; I am
firmly convinced of having acted with the sincerest desires for
the welfare of the nation, and of being guided by no other
rules than those prescribed in the ordinances for similar cases;
notwithstanding that in them, in vain may one seek for a precept
applicable to the situatiod in which I was.
There has been neither forces, your Excellency, nor valor
wanting,in the present campaign, for we have had sufficient of
both; there has indeed been wanting a good organization of
these forces, a better and more fit employment of the valor, plan,
system, order,*nion, and sustainable points well understood for
the means of subsistence and preservation for these
,ame forces: circunipection in the present movements, and
foresight in past events, mobility, instruction, and better discipline
in all classes of the army, and measures more adequate to
-acilitate quickness in the movements and operations of the campaign.
For this reason, should the number of troops be augmented,
and the same errors still exist, the inconveniencies of
another campaign which may be indertaken, will be multiplied
for these same causes; the public treasury will be still farther
pledged, and perhaps without a better result.
No transactions could, nor can now, take place between me
and th commander of the enemy's forces, inasmuch as it was
done by the president, even when I was doubtful of his existence4
beause I supposed, and with probability, that he and all
the obthrpisonersr would have been shot in reprisal for the conduct
obeve towards those of the enemy. Afterwards, any
step o my part, wouldnot have obtained any thing else than
W'impair the situation of the president, and that of his whalb
companions in misfortune.
I knoow . well, your Excellency, my disadvantageous
pesit, ifnht, not only of the nation, but of the whole
worJ: but itis hot, nor has it been possible for me, to act dif
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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/m1/56/?rotate=270: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .