Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas

Thomas Jefferson Jones to Mirabeau Lamar, April 15, 1839

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Thomas Jefferson Jones to Lamar, April 1839

to command my men singly &
alone. I have had no help
from the subordinate officers.
I had to walk to Bastrop myself
to get my men to follow me[.] I
have had their murmurings
to silence—their discontents
to allay and their patriotism
to arouse to get them along[.]
I have cursed them[.] I have
shamed them and I have done
all that man could do to make
soldiers of them[.] I hope I may
have succeeded in part[.]  

            Let me hear from you
[as soon as?] possible[.] I must
return to [?] Houston before I start [?]
on the Santa Fe expedition
but I must be ordered to re-
turn[.] That expedition is
universally approved and
it will be the most glorious
event in the history of your
political life[.]  

            Remember me to all
my friends and believe me
as ever to be your sincere
friend.  

T. Jefferson Jones  

P.S. Genl Burleson will tell you
the disposition I have made
of my men[.]

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Thomas Jefferson Jones to Mirabeau Lamar, April 15, 1839. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #1199, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

 
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