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: 6 of 72
Filisola, general of division,
with the respect due to the supreme government, has the honor
to address himself to your excellency, in order to expose to you
frankly and simply, his military and poecal conduct, as general-in-chief
of the army of operations agaifst Texas. The surprise
and mortification which I have suffered, are caused, sir, by
the purity and rectitude of my intentions, and proportionate to
the slanders which have been uttered against me, some from
error, others false and malicious, and others propagated with
little examination and some levity, occasionally in various official
communications, occasionally in the journal of the supreme
government, especially in the official article of the 15th of last
July. If my self esteem were only wounded by such slanders,
if I were only accused of ignorance or of weakness, perhaps
carried to excess for considerations due to the first general of the
republic, prisoner amongst his enemies, and to more than six
hundred Mexicans, I would consummate my sacrifice with silence,
and the sacrifice I would estimate for a very small one; but no
object, however great it may be, can exact the sacrifice of honor,
and much less when this honor does not belong to me exclusively,
because mine is identified with that of the army, which
certainly has not judged me unworthy of commanding it, nor
has.thought proper to stain its well acquired reputation by
retreating with me. Therefore, I in this manner appear before
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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/m1/6/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .