to "expect nothing from these greedy adventurers for land, who wish even to deprive the Indians of the sun that warms and vivifies them, and who would not cease to injure them while the grass grows and the water runs." Canalizo declared that Mexico, finding herself at war with France, could not at the moment reopen her operations against the revolted province of Texas, but that the friendly Indians could prevent Texas profiting from the circumstances of the moment. He advised the Indians not to approach the United States frontier, but to limit themselves to occupying the area north of a line from San Antonio de Béxar, to the junction of the San Marcos with the Guadalupe and thence along the San Marcos to its mouth. Canalizo informed the Indians that they might expect to live peacefully on the land which they had chosen within the territory of Mexico. He urged them to
Agree with the said Flores, so as to operate in such a manner as will ensure the quiet possession of your lands, and prevent any adventurer from again disturbing the peaceful repose of your families, or from trampling under foot the soil in which are deposited the remains of your ancestors; and endeavor not to deviate from the instructions which have been given to him. Proceed, relying on our generosity of which we have given so many proofs. . . . It is necessary that the success of the expedition [that is contemplated] be sudden and complete, and that those usurping adventurers shall not prosper by peace and commerce, and enjoy a repose which will secure to them an advancement truly calamitous for you.
11. Valentín Canalizo to Señor Antonio Beloxi, Captain Ignacio of the Gaupanaques, Captain Coloxe of the Caddoes, the Chief of the Seminoles, Sor. Qixg mas gefe de los Charaquies (Big Mush of the Cherokees], Captain Benito of the Kickapoos, Fama Sargento de los Brazos, Lt. Colonel Bul [Bowles] of the Cherokees, Matamoros, February 27, 1839, Army Papers (Texas), ms. copy (translated). Alcée La Branche to John Forsyth, Legation of the United States, Houston, Nov. 10, 1838, in "Report of the Secretary of State . . . relative to the Encroachments of the Indians of the United States upon the Territories of Mexico, Washington, Jan. 11, 1853," United States Congress, Senate Executive Documents, 32nd Cong., 2d sess., vol. III, no. 14, p. 9.
12. Valentín Canalizo to Señor Antonio Beloxi, Captain Ignacio of the Gaupanaques, Captain Coloxe of the Caddoes, the Chief of the Seminoles, Sor. Qixg mas gefe de los Charaquies [Big Mush of the Cherokees], Captain Benito of the Kickapoos, Fama Sargento de los Brazos, and Lt. Colonel Bul [Bowles] of the Cherokees, Matamoros, February 27, 1839, Army Papers (Texas), ms. copy (translated), [endorsed:] No. 6 Circular Addressed to the Chiefs of the several tribes of Indians [taken from Flores' body].