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Federalist Wars: Final Phase

At Laredo the premeditated treachery of Molano and López was revealed to Jordan in no uncertain terms. Molano's pack mules had been left at Saltillo in the corral with Jordan's horses and other packs. When Jordan retreated, the mules with the trunks were taken along, and "in this way Malino' [Molano's] trunks fell into the hands of Jordan who brought them to Laredo. . . . When the Trunks were opened, the Correspondence between Molano and the Centralist Commandant at Saltillo was found; and by this means Jordan came to a full knowledge of the manner in which he had been betrayed and sold to the enemy. The whole was disclosed in the letters."[145]  At Laredo Jordan and González quarrelled over the distribution of Molano's clothes. González, claimed them, but Jordan would not give them up. From Laredo on November 2 Jordan wrote a report of his exploits.[146]

At Laredo Seguin informed Jordan he had received word that an agreement had been made between the Centralist and Federalist forces at Camargo, in which it was stated the Federalist officers were to be confirmed in the commands bestowed upon them by Canales, and that the Federals, both Mexicans and Texans, were to be given the option of joining the Centralists or receiving the pay promised by Canales and returning home.[147]  Canales was reported to have informed Seguin that "he and all the Federalist leaders had resolved to join the Centralists on the terms proposed, which included a stipulation to join in an invasion of Texas now getting up." Seguin and Jordan proceeded to unite their forces, and two days after Jordan's men had arrived at Laredo[148]  started down the east bank of the Río Grande toward Camargo to receive their pay, having no desire to become affiliated with the Centralists. On their way down they met Cárdenas at San Ygnacio, "who was going up to Laredo on some important business. . . . he said, but did not explain it."[149]  Seguin and Jordan

145. "Information from James Wilkinson," in ibid., VI, 130. James A. Wilkinson was General M. B. Lamar's interpreter in Laredo, 1846-1847, and upon the organization of Webb County in 1848 was elected first chief justice of the county.

146. The report was in the form of a letter from S. W. Jordan to Gen. Lic. Canales, Laredo, Nov. 2, 1840. A copy of this letter appeared in the Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 16, 1840, and is reproduced in John S. Ford, "Memoirs," II, 238-241, ms.

147. Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 16, 1840.

148. "Statement of P. F. Bowman, Buffalo, N. Y.," in Lamar Papers, IV, Pt. I, 239.

149. "Information derived from J. M. Monchaca [Menchaca?], San Fernando," in ibid., IV, Pt. II, 70-71.

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