Native American Relations in Texas

Anson Jones to John Forsyth, December 31, 1838

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Anson Jones to John Forsyth, 1838

Anson Jones To John Forsyth

Texas Legation
Washington 31st Decr 1838.

Sir,

I have the honor to enclose you herewith, by discretion
of the Government of Texas a copy of the journal of one Don Pedro Julian Miracle—
an officer and emisary [sic] in the service of Mexico. This individual was killed
about the 20th August last near the Cross Timbers on Red River by a citizen of
that country and the original of the copy above referred to written in the
spanish language was found upon his body.

By reference to this Journal it will be seen that an extensive
Indian and Mexican conspiracy against Texas which is perhaps intended also
to involve the South eastern portion of the United States, exists under the direction
of his Excellency Don Vicente Filisola the Commander in Chief of the Mexican
Army.

[Margin note] Anson Jones
to Jno Forsyth
concerning the
death of Miracle
and his connex-
ion with the
Indians against
Texas, ______ [?]

Miracle travelled [sic] at the hottest season of the years upwards of six hun-
dred miles of our frontier among various Indian tribes and was, after the declaration
of his object and purposes[,] treated kindly by all of them. His movements when view-
ed in connexion with the fact that in May and June last, agents of sundry
tribes of North American Indians visited Matamoras and procured from the
authorities there large quantities of ammunition and returned about the time
Miracle passed through Texas, indicate that in all probability he was on his
way to the great Council of Indians who have been removed west of the Mis-
sissippi which was to have taken place in September last. It is reasonable to
suppose that the Mexicans finding that they are unable to conquer Texas in
order to gratify their vindictive passions against the Texians would willingly
see it desolated and again fall into the hands of the Savages. Could Mexico
by the efforts of her emisaries [sic] produce simultaneously an Indian war on the
frontier of Texas and the South western frontier of the United States, such a
result might be possible; or if the object could not be fully obtained, this con[-]
test would, as they are aware occasion serious calamities to the settlements on
these frontiers, with but little expense or trouble to Mexico.

This journal clearly shows that Mexico does not hesitate to employ
American Indians to fight against Texas. The circumstances and coinciden-
ces attending the visit of the Cherokees and Caddoes to Matamoras in June

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Anson Jones to John Forsyth, December 31, 1838. Texas Secretary of State. Diplomatic correspondence, letter books, 1836-1846. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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