Albert C. Horton to W.L. Marcy, August 8, 1846
meantime of keeping them in active service; expressing at
the same time, his belief that when the Department was apprized
of all the circumstances attending the requisition made by
Col Harney for these troops, that permission would yet be
given to muster them into the service. My own opinion, based
on that sense of liberality and justice, which has uniformly
characterized all the acts of the administration, wherever
the rights of this State have been concerned, leads me to the same
conclusion. I will not speak to you of the injustice which,
under the peculiar circumstances of this case, will be done
to the volunteers themselves, should they not be received into
the service -- the expense which they have incurred in buying
good horses, furnishing themselves with arms, blankets,
and every thing necessary for a full equipment. I place
the necessity for these troops upon higher grounds -- the pro-
tection and security of the frontier; and I deem it not
improper to express to you my opinion, as given to Maj.
Fauntleroy, that if these volunteers are disbanded, the
Indians will, at once, commence their depredations upon
the frontier, and collisions will ensue between them and
the citizens, which will lead to the most disastrous results.
The Comanche, and other tribes, bordering upon this State,
when they see that there is no armed force upon the frontier,
to restrain their lawless propensities, will not be able to
withstand the temptation thus afforded, of gratifying them.
The citizens of the frontier will protect themselves, and
retaliate whenever an occasion offers, and in a very short
Albert C. Horton to W.L. Marcy, August 8, 1846. Records of J. Pinckney Henderson, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.