keeping [sic] in subordination the mexi-
can towns above here. I think
the presence of a larger force than
my present one indispensable in
this quarter, to keep things quiet
in the east and north.
With three hundred men, I can
visit and control a large section
of country which is now abandoned
by our troops and is fast relapsing
to the Mexican domination.
Whatever the Govn. shall desire &
order in the matter will be
approved by Genl Taylor. The
post I occupy in this war is cer-
tainly a very petty and unsuitable
one, but the president is determined
to gratify his favorite — your "demented
monster" — in all his resentments.
Polk is but a poor tool to the malice
of that bloated mass of iniquity.
Mirabeau B. Lamar to David G. Burnet, March 1847. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #2324. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.