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liberty of the president general-in-clief, or at least during the
time this point can be regulated, the considerations due to his
high dignity, and to a person so distinguished in the annals of
American history, and for whose preservation the entire nation
is interested by gratitude, and because he is chief of it.
His Excellency, the president pro tem., counts upon your
Excellency's directing all his efforts to save the remainder of the
army, by concentrating it, so as to render it more respectable,
placing it in a convenient place for receiving provisions, for
which the most efficacious measures are adopted. The preservation
of Bexar is of absolute necessity, in order that the government,
according to circumstances, may act as they see fit.
The fate of all the prisoners is very interesting to the
nation, and it is recommended to your Excellency to endeavor
to alleviate it, giving authority from this moment to propose
exchanges, and to preserve for this purpose, and because humanity
exacts it, the life of the prisoners made, and that may be made from
the enemy. Your Excellency knows the circumstances which may
resull from an imprudence committed in this affair; but the govern#went
fears nothing as regards this, because it knows how great
is the skill and zeal of your Excellency, for the best service of
I take this occasion to assure your Excellency of my most
distinguished consideration and esteem.
God and Liberty.-Mexico, 15th May, 1836.-Tornel.
To his Excellency,general Vicente Filisola, second general-inchief
of the army of operations against Texas.
Secretary's office of war and marine,-Central section.First
bureau,-Excellent Sir:-By the communication of your
Excellency, of 28th ult., his Excellency, the president pro tem.
has learned the orders communicated to your Excellency, by his
Excellency, the president general-in-chief, after having been
made prisoner, as also the letter written to your Excellency.His
Excellency approves the conduct observed by your Excellency,
to whom it is not necessary to advert, that the president
general being a prisoner, does not enjoy liberty, and that the
resolutions he may dictate, naturally proceed from the violence
which his enemies may do him. For this the supreme government.
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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/m1/58/: accessed February 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .