The Texas NavyGeorge Fisher to Sam Houston, April 22, 1842 - Page 2

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George Fisher to Sam Houston, April 1842the Executive is not only forced into the [?] measures by public
Opinion, but he himself is the most enthusiastic supporter
of the Declaration on Independence of Yucatan from
Mexico. In consequence of these causes he controlled [?] the
Congress and withdrew [?] it; but for want of a respectable
majority in the lower House has not done much in the
all absorbing question, and the absent members are
called by a Resolution passed on the 19th inst, for
“Espresses” to make their appearances to determine
upon Certain Measures to be taken to authorize the
Executive with more ample powers commonly called
in the Spanish-Republics “Facultades Estraordi-
narias,” which we would call in [E]nglish “Extraordi-
nary Powers” i.e. “Martial Law.” [If this is gran-
ted to him (which is generally admitted it will be done)
he will go to work rightly. [?]

              To the awakening of the Executive
from his lethargy, the late proceedings of the Presi-
dent of Texas have in no small degree contributed.
The Proclamation of the Blockade, and the Letter
directed by “Sam Houston” to His Excellency
Don Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, President,
General Benemento etc. etc.” have all had their
due effect upon the mind of the illustrious Yucateco.

              Mr. Lothrop has been very well received
in this City and his former acquaintances while Commander
of the Steamer Zavala in 1840 and off this Coast, has
caused him and his acquaintances many grateful reco-
lections [sic] of his past associations. The Officers of the Navy
are generally well received and looked upon by the
better class of the Citizens as Galante-Homos [Hommes] [French: gallant men].
The authority of this Country regret much, that dire
necessity compels them to discharge our navy from
the service for the present. (and I am positive they have no
money to pay the $8000 p. month.) What settlement was
made with this Govmt, by Com. Moore, through Mr. Seeger
I can not say as I felt a delicacy to inquire into it, nei-
ther did I consider it a [sic] proper, for the Gallant Commodore

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George Fisher to Sam Houston, April 22, 1842. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #2400, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
 

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