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Invasion Excitement

Flood, too, while conceding the poverty of the Texan government, was confident that such an expedition could succeed.[47]  Even the editor of the Telegraph and Texas Register now took up the cry to send an invading army into Mexico.

Col. Jourdan in his recent campaign with his little band of heroes ascertained the real weakness of that country and . . . has pointed out to his admiring countrymen the path to a rich harvest of wealth and glory. It appears the famous army of Arista, that has been so long hovering in imagination like a tremendous thunder cloud, ready to pour desolation over our western counties, is but a mere handful of miserable, cowardly, half armed, half starved creatures that tremble at the very name of Texian. About sixteen hundred of the wretches have been huddled into encampments on the Río Grande,[48]  and the Mexican government pretends that they are to invade Texas! The militia of the Guadalupe and La Baca [Lavaca] could alone repel this army of poltroons. Mexico, however, is well aware of their imbecility. She knows full well that the day for the invasion of Texas has long passed and she wishes to vent her spleen and malice by these threats, which she hopes will retard the immigration to the country and injure it more effectually than the arms of her miserable soldiers. It is time that she should be made to feel that she cannot even threaten with impunity. If a few of her frontier towns are laid waste, and one or two of her sea ports are blockaded in return for this threat, she will hereafter be more cautious. . . . But in order to effect this object, nothing should be done to disturb the tranquility of our republic. Not a single farmer should be called from his plow nor a mechanic from his work. The militia should be permitted to remain undisturbed. If it should be found necessary to chastise this cowardly people there are volunteers enough to effect the object. These alone, therefore, should be led into the field and permitted to carry on the invasion when they shall have once crossed the Río Grande, the path of conquest will open wide before them and the rich cities of the enemy shall furnish the means of their own subjugation.[49]

Representatives of the Republic of Texas: Fifth Congress, First Session, 1840-1841, p. 332.

47. George H. Flood to John Forsyth, Legation of the United States, City of Austin, Dec. 28, 1840 (vol. 1, no. 11), "Correspondence and Reports of American Agents and Others in Texas, 1836-1845," J. H. Smith, "Transcripts," ms.

48. In his History of Jalapa, Rivera Cambas states that early in 1841 the Mexican forces on the Texas frontier amounted to about 2,200 men, not counting the troops at Matamoros and San Luis Potosí, and that they were provided with artillery. Manuel Rivera Cambas, Historia antigua y moderna de Jalapa y de la revoluciones del estado de Vera Cruz, III, 515-516, 526.

49. Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 30, 1840.

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