Sam Houston to Edmund Pendleton Gaines, August 24, 1836

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Sam Houston to Edmund Pendleton Gaines, August 1836

Nacogdoches ____ [?]


24th Aug 1836

General,

Today by a man directly from the


Army of Texas, I have learned that a


movement is massing on Matamoros.


I doubt not the truth of it, as he assures


me the [that] Genl Green had visited Pass


Cavallo or Dimits landing to ascer-


tain whether he could obtain trans-


ports for the Infantry, and that his


report to Genl Rusk was affirmative[.]

You are aware of my opinions


on this subject, and that I am most


positively opposed to any advance


upon the enemy, particularly when


our situation and controversy has


become a subject of reference to


the Government of the U. States.

By Lieut Griffin whom I under-


stood, had borne dispatches from


your Excellency to the Government of


of [sic] Texas as well as to Genl Santanna [Santa Anna]


I sent the letter to Genl Rusk of which


I had to [the] honor to enclose you a


Duplicate of. In the event of the


advance upon Matamoros by our


army, and it shou’d prove disastrous


the necessity of a large force on


this frontier is all that can shelter


the inhabitants from massacre!

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Sam Houston to Edmund Pendleton Gaines, August 24, 1836. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #516, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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