Sam Houston to Edmund Pendleton Gaines, August 24, 1836

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Sam Houston to Edmund Pendleton Gaines, August 1836

I regard that it is out of my


power, from the situation of my


wound, to repair forthwith to


[the] army and arrest its madness, or


denounce the campaign. By one


out of one thousand chances, it


may succeed, but it is now


undertaken in the face of invi-


ted mediation by the U[.] States


and a violation of faith at


this time by Texas, will operate


more deleteriously upon us in a


moral point of view than twenty


victories would repair. It is the


vices but not the virtues of Nations


which are first held up to notice


and which gives the first impress


of National character, unless the


latter are consistent and striking.


The humanity and generosity


shewn to Sant [Santa] Anna and his


army, when taken prisoners, wou’d


by one faithless transaction on the


part of Texas be sullied forever!


And by one foolish campaign


resulting from rashness, the recog-


nition and establishment of her


Independence may be obstructed


for years to come if not defeated


forever. Our war ought to be de-


fensive! Not a war of invasion!

The kind and very flattering opin-


ion, which your [sic] pleased to express

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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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