Reuben M. Potter to Mirabeau B. Lamar, June 5, 1841
Reuben M. Potter was a customs officer at Velasco and Galveston. In May 1841 he prepared documents in Spanish for President Lamar's ill-conceived Santa Fe expedition. In this letter, he discusses the appointment of Navarro as one of the expedition's commissioners and Navarro's role as translator. In 1844, Potter carried money to Mexico for the relief of the prisoners being held from both the Santa Fe and the Mier expeditions. After Navarro's return to Texas, Potter acted as his interpreter in the state Senate.
Later, Potter became a military storekeeper in the Army's quartermaster department, and was made a prisoner of war himself when the Confederates seized San Antonio in 1861. A loyal Unionist, he went North after being paroled and served as a quartermaster in the U.S. Army in New York, not retiring until 1882. After the war, he made his home in New York and New Jersey but remained a scholar of Texas history, especially the Alamo.
Reuben M. Potter to Mirabeau B. Lamar, June 5, 1841, Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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