and with the assistance of such volunteers as can be
procured, will proceed upon a descent upon Tam-
pico, or such other ports on the Mexican coast as
may be most vulnerable.
The expenses of the outfit and expedition will
be re-imbursed by contributions upon the enemy.
The blockade will be rigorously sustained, so
soon as the squadron are enabled to do it, and it will
be effectually done by the utilization of one or more
of the Mexican ports on the Gulf.
The Steam Ship Merchant will report the
condition, time of sailing and arrival of the Squad-
ron off Galveston, and receive further orders at
I have the honor to be
Your Obedient Servant
(signed) Geo. W. Hockley
Secy of War & Marine
E.W. Moore Esqr.
Port Capt Comd, Texas Navy
I hereby certify the above to be a true copy of the original.
At the time the above order was written, the
“Steam Ship Merchant” was lying in the harbor
of Galveston[.] She was the property of N. Washington
and E.W. Moore[.] She was taken to New Orleans in
obedience to the above order, under the command
of Comd E.W. Moore, and added temporarily to the
Navy of Texas. She sailed for Galveston in the
month of September 1842, in obedience to the or-
Edwin W. Moore to George W. Hockley, July 27, 1842. Texas Navy Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.