Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 12, 1847
the newspapers of England, which almost
invariably speak of our present war as
the result of our covetousness. They cannot
however withhold an occasional tribute
to the valor of our arms; and they even
go so far as to communicate the fate
of the brave men that have been led
by Genl Scott to the capitol of the enemy.
My reply to them is that it is impossible
for 8000 of our soldiers to be reduced to the
necessity of capitulating: and that if ten
times their number were to give them
battle at any intermediate city they
could cut their way to Vera Cruz.
But whist my faith is so strong
in the bravery of our officers and men
Andrew Jackson Donelson to Sam Houston, November 12, 1847. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3654, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.