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