APPENDIX No. III.
The following correspondence and orders are copied from Silgo Diez Nueve, The Nineteenth Century, the official organ of the Mexican government, of July 12th, 1843, all of which proves conclusively that the propositions brought to Texas by Robinson from Santa Anna were accepted by Houston, as far as it was possible for him to do so; that his (Houston's) commissioners were sent into Mexico to treat alone upon the basis of those propositions, and that the armistice which they did sign as the representatives of the "department of Texas" farther shows that they did treat upon that basis, and that only; and that these evidences were in the state department of Texas at the time that President Houston sent his disgraceful message to Congress on January 1st, 1844.
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna to Jose Maria de Tornel, Minister of War and Marine.
|Manga de Clavo, Feb. 6th, 1843|
Excellent Sir, - The Texian prisoner, Mr. William Robinson, has addressed me the letter herewith transmitted, which you will please submit to his excellency the substitute President. In it he manifests a disposition to contribute, through his influence in that department, that an arrangement may take place, explaining also the terms on which it may be obtained, and reasons why he may be of service in the prosecution of so interesting an object. Robinson, perhaps, will operate solely with a desire to obtain his liberty; but if it should not be so, and he should act in good faith, nothing can be lost on hearing him, and some favourable result may be obtained, if, through the knowledge which he has of the present difficult and very compromised situation of the colonies, he should co-operate, bring them to reflect on their own true interests, and to appreciate the characteristic generosity of the Mexican nation.
If his excellency, the substitute President, should think proper, I can hear Robinson, and determine from conversations with him, it being understood that I will not make concessions which can affect the interests and sacred rights of the nation.
As, in political affairs, opportunities occur which pass by rapidly, I believe that the action in this matter should be rapid. Hoping that you will communicate with me without delay, and accept the protestations of my considerations, I subscribe myself, &c., &c.,
|Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna|
|Castle of Perote, January 9th, 1843|
|General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna:|
Most excellent Sir, - In directing myself to your excellency in the best manner that is possible to me, I take the liberty of communicating to your excellency matters highly important for Mexico and Texas. I have resided many years in Texas as a colonist, and never have been wanting in obedience to the laws of the government of Mexico, whose goodness enabled me to enjoy fortune and prosperity; but inevitable circumstances have suspended the progressive prosperity of the Texian people. In the month of March last, General Arista directed a proclamation (and I retain perfectly in my memory the terms in which it was couched) to the people of Texas, offering protection to the persons, and respect for the property of all those citizens who would not take up arms against Mexico. General Woll, upon his entry into Bexar in September last, gave a general order, that only those should be made prisoners who were found in arms against Mexico. I, although I believed it was a party for the purpose of pillage, did not make use of my arms, and laid them down as soon as I knew they were troops of your excellency - an error which has made me appear a rebel. I now desire, as I have already desired for many years, to show my decided adhesion to the government of Mexico, for which intention I can give unquestionable proof.