Sam Houston to Edmund Pendleton Gaines, August 24, 1836
Nacogdoches ____ [?]
24th Aug 1836
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!
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.