James Reily to Sam Houston, March 28, 1842

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James Reily to Sam Houston, March 1842

Texas Legation. Washington


March 28th 1842.

Dear General

Ever since the arrival of the informa-


tion that Texas was again invaded I have been


urgent upon the subject of the Indian rela-


tions. Both to the President & Secretary of


State[.] I have appealed and requested that


as an act of justice & humanity a force


sufficient to check the Indians should


be immediately thrown upon the Red


River frontier. This morning Mr Spencer


Secretary of War informed me that


orders had been given and xpresses [sic]


despatched for the concentration of about


2,000 regulars, & among them five companies


of dragoons from Ft. Leavenworth. I had


urged upon Mr Secretary Webster & Presi-


dent Tyler as also upon the Secretary of


War the absolute necessity of mounted


men for that wide & extended line. The


Secretary of State did me the honor to enquire


what officers I would name for the command


& the Secretary of War did me the addition-


al honor to get my opinion as to the plan


of defence or operation they should adopt[.]


I suggested that the infantry should be


posted along the line of Red River at


convenient distances and that the dragoons

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James Reily to Sam Houston, March 28, 1842. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #2304, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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