Albert C. Horton to W.L. Marcy, August 8, 1846
time, a state of things will thus be brought about, which
will greatly retard, if not -- entirely defeat the wish of the
General Government, to settle the boundary line between us
and those tribes, or make any treaty with them.
The State of Texas, just admitted into the confederacy; having
resigned to the General Government all her available sources
of revenue, and being compelled to resort to direct taxation
for the means of carrying the State government into operation,
is not in a condition to incur the expense of keeping
these volunteers in the field -- She relies confidently upon
the Government of the United States for protection against
the savages, and I feel assured that it will be afforded.
Under the belief that you will not hesitate to instruct
me to receive into the service the volunteers mentioned,
I have written to the Captains of the different companies,
ordering them to keep the same in active service until
they hear further from me, and to afford all the security
in their power to the frontier. Should you think favor-
ably of the application now made to you, I would be
glad that you would authorize me to appoint some one, to
muster the troops into the service, as all the regular officers,
now at San Antonio, may be withdrawn to some remote
point, where their services could not be had.
In conclusion I would remark to you, that the five com-
panies above referred to, were intended to serve for the term
of six months, and I believe the Government would
consult economy by employing them for that time only --
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.