Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 40 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
"Headquarters Department of New Mexico,
"Santa Fe, N. M., June 30, i86i.
"Maj. I. Lynde, Seventh Inf., Comdg. Fort Fillmore,
N. M.: Sir-I had occasion on the 24th inst. to put
you on your guard against the alleged complicity of
Colonel Loring in the treasonable designs of the Texas
authorities at Fort Bliss and El Paso. I now send a
copy of one and extracts from another letter sent to
me after the arrival of the mail yesterday, which fully
confirm all the information I had previously received.
Although Colonel Loring was still in the department, I
have not hesitated, since this information was communicated
to me, to exercise the command and to give
any orders or to take any measures that I considered
necessary to protect the honor or the interests of the
"Sibley's letter shows the Texas authorities at Fort
Bliss and El Paso count upon Colonel Loring's aid in
furthering their plans and indicates the manner (by delaying
his departure) in which this aid is to be rendered.
Colonel Loring's resignation was tendered on the I3th
of last month, and has doubtless long since been accepted;
but this is not material, for any failure to act
at once, or any hesitancy in acting, may be in the highest
degree disastrous. In this case, then, as in all similar
cases which may occur, you will at once arrest the
implicated parties and hold them securely until their
guilt or innocence can be determined by the proper tribunals.
No considerations of delicacy or of regard
must be permitted to interfere when the honor of the
country and the safety of your command are involved.
I send these communications by Lieutenant Hall, Tenth
Infantry. Very respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,
"Ed. R. S. Canby,
"Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. Army, Comdg. Dept."
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/40/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .