Isaac Van Zandt and James Pinckney Henderson to Anson Jones, April 12, 1844

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Van Zandt and Henderson to Anson Jones, April 1844

The assurance


has been given to us by Mr Calhoun, verbally,


which we reduced to writing in his presence and


by his consent and then read them over to him.


They are as follows, to wit: A powerful naval


force, to consist of ten or twelve vessels, will be


ordered to the gulf of Mexico, the Commander


of which, Capt. Conner, will, upon serious


demonstration being made by water by Mexico


against Texas inform the Mexican commander that


any attack upon Texas will be considered as


a hostile act, and the Executive will feel


himself bound to use every means to repel


it—that the old division as established by


Mr Calhoun as Secretary of War, extending


from Florida Point to the Southern extremity


of Lake Michigan, has been restored and


Gen. Gaines been put in command of the Western Division and ord-


ered to take up his head quarters at Fort


Jesup, who will receive similar orders as


to any demonstration by land, to those


given to the naval commander as to a


demonstration by sea, and that he and the


Chargé d’ Affaires will keep up an active


correspondence with the President of Texas;


and if they should receive any communi-


cation from him which he conceives threat-


ens any serious intention upon the part


of Mexico to invade Texas by land, they


or either of them shall forthwith despatch

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Isaac Van Zandt and James Pinckney Henderson to Anson Jones, April 12, 1844. United States Diplomatic Correspondence, Texas Secretary of State records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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