been received from any of the forces
nor does the Executive know what
is to be depended upon. Rumours are
arriving hourly, and daily, but no
authentic facts. I wish my secretary
and all the officers of the Government.
Let the archives be brought
here immediately. Expresses have
been sent to the East for all the troops
to be in readiness. I desire to hear
all the news, and to know the au-
thentic state of the army, or the
forces in the field.
Sam Houston to William O'Brian, March 20, 1842, A.J. Houston Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.