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Federalist Wars: Final Phase

result was that most of the Federalists of northern Mexico either joined Santa Anna in his efforts to prevent a dismemberment of the Republic or remained neutral in the conflict which followed.

Upon the receipt of Canales' letter, Arista declared, "the barrier which was dividing us, in a manner, almost eternal, was destroyed, so soon as I had read Karnes' letter, and your worthy and patriotic answer. These documents are, no doubt, your vindication before your fellow-countrymen." Since, however, "I fear much for you," continued Arista, "and am uneasy, because I know the ferocity of these colonists [Texans], and the occurrences that have taken place in Saltillo, have inclined them secretly to a cruel vengeance," I am dispatching today "for your own security . . . General Vasquez . . . with 500 men and 3 pieces of artillery to be stationed where it may best appear to Gen. Reyes and to you" to facilitate the surrender and save the supplies and the Mexicans;[173]  however, Canales was repeatedly cautioned not to expose himself "to become a victim of those cannibals, from whom your treating with us cannot be concealed. . . . Unite with the troops of the Supreme Government, [and] we will take from them much more than they can carry with them at this time." To Cárdenas the next day General Arista wrote: "I am solicitous for Sr. Canales. I have data from two prisoners who were taken from those who escaped from Saltillo of the vengeance they prepare in retribution for the conduct of Molano and López the 23rd of the past month."[174]  In the meantime, the Seminario del Gobierno at Monterey, in a special number, heralded the return of peace to the frontiers of Coahuila and Tamaulipas and "the auspicious union of the Mexicans to combat the usurpers of Texas."[175]

On November 5 Canales dispatched three emissaries -- Colonel Juan Nepomuceno Margain, Manuel de la Viña (in charge of the Commissary), and Rafael Quintero -- to the right bank of the river to meet

pp. 422-426; Stanley Siegel, A Political History of the Texas Republic, 1836-1845, p. 26; Eugene C. Barker (ed.), "The Tampico Expedition," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, VI (1902-1903), 169-186.

173. Mariano Arista to Antonio Canales, Caderaeta [Cadereyta], Nov. 6, 1840, in Telegraph and Texas Register, Sept. 14, 1842; El Ancla, Nov. 23, 1840; Seminario del Gobierno de Nuevo León, Nov. 12, 1840.

174. Mariano Arista to Jesús Cárdenas, Caderaeta, Nov. 7, 1840, in El Ancla, Nov. 23, 1840.

175. Seminario del Gobierno de Nuevo León, Nov. 4, 1840, quoted in Telegraph and Texas Register, Jan. 13, 1841.

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