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Lamar's Efforts to Promote Trade

but, nevertheless, such rumors too often had an adverse effect upon the development of the resources of Texas. From New York, Henry Austin wrote in July 1839, "perhaps I may effect a sale [of land] to a person I shall meet to night -- but the Mexican official declaration of another invasion of Texas, renders Texas property and securities entirely unavailable [unsaleable]."[42]

For a number of years following the Texas revolution, however, Mexico, faithless, penniless, torn by internal dissensions, and imperilled by international complications, limited her efforts against Texas to the sending of spies and agents to arouse a spirit of revolt among certain discontented elements and to incite the Indians to make raids upon the scattered settlements.[43]  From Béxar it was reported late in 1838 that Casemiro and Cayune, two Comanche chiefs, had lately visited Monterey. It was said that Casemiro had gone to that place to obtain the release of his brother who had been held prisoner there for several months, and that these Comanche chiefs and their followers had been escorted back to their tribe by a Mexican officer and twelve soldiers. It was also believed to have been reliably reported that the Mexican government had agreed to pay the Comanches five pesos for each Texan scalp they might take.[44]  During the summer and autumn of 1838, Mexican soldiers from Savariego's command, in disguise, paid frequent visits to Houston, San Antonio, and various frontier points in Texas, and were said to be in regular correspondence with persons at these places. Jacob ("Jake") Hendrick, recently escaped from imprisonment at Matamoros, declared that the Mexican command at that place was "generally far better acquainted with the news of Houston and Béxar than with the news of Tampico and Mexico" and was "almost as well informed of the movements of the hostile Indians in Texas" as was the Texan government at Houston. It was currently reported at Matamoros that the Indians along the southern frontier of

1841, in William R. Manning (ed.), Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States: Inter-American Affairs, XII, 218-219.

42. Henry Austin to Mary Austin Holley, New York, July 25, 1839, Henry Austin Papers, ms.

43. Matagorda Bulletin, March 28, 1838; John Henry Brown, History of Texas, from 1685 to 1892, II, 143-144; H. Yoakum, History of Texas, from its First Settlement in 1685 to its Annexation to the United States in 1846, II, 257-264; Walter P. Webb, The Texas Rangers, pp. 47-50; A. K. Christian, "Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XXIV (1920-1921), 43-52.

44. Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 1, 1838.

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AFTER SAN JACINTO: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841
Joseph Milton Nance, 1963