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Invasion Excitement

A more reliable report, however, concerning the intentions of the Mexicans was that of January 26 by Dr. James Murphy, fresh from Camargo where he left "Many of the Texian federalists waiting for their pay, and for horses to return on." He reported everything as quiet; and that although some of the Texans on the border for a while had believed the Mexicans contemplated an invasion, there was not now the slightest prospect of such an occurrence.[64]  Murphy reported that after he had mounted his horse ready to return home, Colonel Fisher and several others told him to say to their friends in Texas that the Mexicans would not trouble them. They said they were at liberty to tell him, as he would not speak with anyone on the subject until he reached Victoria, that five states would shortly revolt and form a separate government.

The Texan government, however, did take one precautionary measure against a possible Mexican raiding party penetrating into the settled area of the Republic. Shortly before the receipt of the Convention with Great Britain, Acting President Burnet ordered Major General Huston of the Texas Militia to raise a force of 350 to 400 volunteers from the counties adjacent to the Colorado "for the purpose of dislodging and driving back a detachment of the Mexican army, consisting of about seven hundred men," who were supposedly encamped some leagues on the Texan side of the Río Grande.[65]  The arrival of the British treaty with its clauses for mediation of the issues between Texas and Mexico and its ready ratification by the Senate, caused Burnet shortly afterwards to countermand his order to General Huston relative to the raising of a force to expel the Mexican troops from the territory claimed by Texas, pending the efforts at mediation which were expected to follow.

Owing to increased political and financial difficulties at home and to renewed Comanche depredations, the Mexican government found no time to prepare for a Texas campaign,[66]  and as their threatened

64. Capt. James D. Owen to Patrick Usher, Victoria, Jan. 26, 1841, in Telegraph and Texas Register, Feb. 10, 1841.

65. Vice President Burnet to the Senate, Saturday morning, Dec. 4, 1841, in Harriet Smither (ed.), Journals of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas, I, 92-97; Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 29, 1841; Morning Star, Dec. 25 and 28, 1841.

66. El Cosmopolita (Mexico City), July 28, 1841; Jesús Cárdenas, P. E. D. S., á Antonio Salazar, Sr. Srio. de Gobierno del Departamento, Ciudad Victoria [dated:] Matamoros, Julio 16 de 1841, in Gaceta del Gobierno de Tamaulipas (Cuidad

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