Stephen F Austin to Mirabeau B. Lamar, 06-27-1836
Summary: Ardent and universal interest in Texas in the United States. Official report of San Jacinto would have won recognition of independence from last session of Congress. Much harm done by treating with Santa Anna. Alarming reports of Mexican invasion. Advises against mistreatment of Santa Anna
After rolling at anchor nearly all day I have just landed— My head still has the sea sick motion, so I can say but a few words in reply to your request, in your note to the president, to give you the news from the U.S.
I believe that nothing was wanting to procure a recognition of our
official manuscript accounts of the battle of San Jacinto and
the actual state of things in Texas—Some proof of our capacity to sustain
ourselves etc. Nothing of the kind was rec'd—nothing but newspaper
accounts had reached there when I left.
Our course now appears to be a plain one. The country must rally
en masse and meet the enemy. It seems that their creed is extermination.
If so, ought we to have faith in such an enemy or to extend mercy or favors?
A great error (as I think) has been committed in not communicating with the agents of Texas in Washington City. I recommend that a report or an account in an official form be sent to them by every opportunity of every important event that transpires.
80 men ought to be at Galveston
In Gods name no more armistices or treaties with prisoners.
In the Mississippi I saw a vessel direct from Matamoros which confirms the news rec'd here as to the advance of the Mexicans 10,000 to 12,000 strong. There is no doubt of it—all Mexico is in motion. No treaty made with Santa Anna will be respected by them. Gen Urrea is commander in chief. Gen Cortazar was at Saltillo with 5000 men and coming on by forced marches. Gen Filisolo had rec'd orders to halt his retreat and fight etc. Such is the substance of the news from Matamoros—also that an expedition was fitting out by water. I shall try and be with you in the army as soon as I can, as a private soldier— every man in Texas must shoulder his arms. Farewell
Permit me to suggest that it would be best to avoid (if possible) any
harsh treatment towards Gen. Santa Anna's person. In the present
excitement perhaps this will be difficult, tho. you know more of the
temper of the
times than I do as to the matter.