Thomas J. Green was a Florida planter who was related by marriage to William H. Wharton. After his wife's death in 1835, Green moved to Texas, where he immediately became involved in the cause for Texas independence. During the revolution, Green traveled to the United States to raise volunteers, money, and supplies for the revolution.
As shown in this letter, Green remained a firm advocate of Texas independence and expansion. Two years later, he was involved in the Somervell punitive expedition against Mexico, and he was second-in-command of the ill-fated Mier raid into the interior of Mexico.
In 1849, Green moved to California, where he served in that state's first senate. In his later years, he retired to North Carolina. According to his family, he died of heartbreak over the losses of the Confederacy.
Thomas Jefferson Green to Mirabeau B. Lamar,
November 18, 1840
I have just arrived
home and have only time for this mail to
congratulate you upon your improved
health, and to say—that Judge Shelby has
condemned the Mexican Prise [prize] and
ordered her to be sold, which decision
has meet [sic] with general approbation.
Comodore [sic] More [Moore], in obedience
to your orders, clearly put them in
the ___ [?] when they commenced the
attack. I am of opinion he should
follow it up quick and heavy[.] The
Mexican government cannot complain
if he does, inasmuch as they commenced
it, & therefore it cannot prejudice
our negotiations, but may benefit