James Reily to Sam Houston, March 28, 1842

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James Reily to Sam Houston, March 1842

should be so arranged as to traverse the


line every day & mark & follow all trails


and that the Chiefs should be ordered


to Keep their men at home & informed


that their annuities would be stopped[,] their


weapons taken from them if these instructions


were violated and the offenders published[.]


These arrangements will give safety to


the frontier & if the war rolls on and


Texas should need all her chivalry in


the field the soldiers from Red River


& the Redlands can leave their homes


without apprehension for the savage


scalping Knife. Texas has here many warm


friends and none more so than President


Tyler. The other day in the Senate


Mr Clay pronounced a most withering


phillipic [sic] upon “that contemptible and


upstart despot now upon the throne


of Mexico” as he termed Santa Anna[.]


Every eye is turned on you. The public


mind is satisfied you will equal &


if possible rival the magnificent deeds


of San Jacinto. Oh, how I wish I was with


you. You must neither be surprised nor


displeased if mindful of your oft


repeated promise I come. I have done


every thing that at present can be

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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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