Sam Houston to Edmund P. Gaines, August 29, 1836
the [sic] Cherokees represent great numbers of Mexicans on
the march to the place.
They must have entered by way
of Laredo, and passed the mountains, and will
reach the point in about eight days, if the
report is true or perhaps less.
It is a rumor here that Mrs
General Sant [Santa] Anna has raised a party in the Interior
which will have the power to enforce the Treaty
made between this Government, and the President.
It may be true, but to be candid I rely
more upon your facilities to give us Independence
than upon any other assurance.
You can save Texas!!!
The attack on Matamoras is abandoned by our army.
I have the honor to be
with Great regard
Your Ob’t Serv’t
(Signed) Sam Houston
Commander in Chief
Maj Gen’l Gaines
Com’g Dept West
A True Copy
Nathl Amory, Sec’y
Sam Houston to Edmund P. Gaines, August 29, 1836. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #520, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.