Joseph Eve to Sam Houston, October 7, 1842

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Joseph Eve to Sam Houston, October 1842

this country by accepting either the proposition


of the United States, or that of Great Brittain [sic] to


close the Temple of Janus and consent to an


honorable peace, so well calculated to promote


the best interests of both countries, [and] Stop the


sacrifice of property and of human life.

Should he however determine to indulge an


inflexible pride, and inordinate ambition, by


persisting in the war against Texas he may seal


his own fate and that of his Government and people


much sooner than by cultivating amicable relations


with Texas. I cannot believe that any thing is


more certainly recorded in the book of fate, than


that Texas will maintain its independence at every


sacrifice of blood and treasuare[sic].

If Genl Santa Anna counts numbers and


resources the odds are most fearful against you.


[B]ut if he reflects that the Texeans [sic] are a bould [sic],


chivalraus [sic], intelligent, fearless people, who have


every thing at Stake, who fight for their homes


their wives and children their liberty and the


right of governing themselves; whilst nine


tenth’s [sic] of the Mexican population are a Priest


riden [sic] ignorant race, bound in chains of superstition, which


like an incubus holds all the faculties of his mind


in bandages, and extinguishes every inducement


to enterprise and noble deeds of valour, who is

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Joseph Eve to Sam Houston, October 7, 1842. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #2694, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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