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Federalist Wars: Final Phase

efforts to induce our Government to aid them. To effect this, they are ready to grant whatever we would ask; we have rejected all their overtures."[16]

Karnes returned to San Antonio near the time of the scheduled rendezvous of his troops, but was soon stricken with typhoid fever, which he had evidently contracted while at Houston. During his illness soldiers from nearby Camp Cooke cut the corn from his labor.[17]  In the meantime, other volunteer companies were being formed, and Canales' agents, also engaged in recruiting activities in Texas for the Federalist army down on the Nueces, seemed anxious to effect some sort of understanding and working arrangement, if not an alliance, with Karnes' regiment being organized at San Antonio. Although Canales was aware of the policy of the Texas government with respect to a foreign flag within the claimed boundaries of the Republic and of Karnes' determination to adhere to that policy, he hoped to win Karnes to his side and to his use. Karnes, however, was not another Ross. He was more loyal to his superiors and the trust they placed in him. Although uneducated, he was modest, generous, brave, fearless, and determined to defend the boundary of Texas against all parties. Canales, however, was determined to make one last effort to win Karnes' support. About the middle of July, he wrote Colonel Seguin at San Antonio a friendly letter announcing his return to the Federalist headquarters on the Nueces, and in it requested Seguin to effect a reconciliation between himself and Karnes.[18]  A few days after Seguin showed the letter to Karnes, the latter wrote Canales, saying Colonel Seguin had shown him

your esteemed letter . . . soliciting a change of sentiments between us; I embrace the opportunity with pleasure, inasmuch as it evolves the means of securing the good issue of our wishes or separate efforts. . . . The volunteers under my command will be here in a few days from this date, and at their arrival I shall make all the necessary preparations for a rapid march

16. Abner S. Lipscomb to James Hamilton and A. T. Burnley, Galveston City, July 7, 1840, in Texas Congress, Journals of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas, Fifth Congress, Appendix, pp. 281-284.

17. R. S. Neighbors, Quarter Master, T. A., to Capt. [A.] Clendenin, Comdg. Camp Cooke [dated:] Quarter Master Office, San Antonio, Aug. 4, 1840, in Army Papers (Texas), ms. A labor was 177 acres of land given by the Spanish government to the head of a family for farming purposes.

18. H. W. Karnes to General Antonio Canales, Béxar, July 26, 1840, in Telegraph and Texas Register, Aug. 31, 1842.

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