1844, he left "despised by everybody here, officers, soldiers and Texans." Truehart, The Perote Prisoners, 234.
12. Samuel Maverick, William E. Jones, and Anderson Hutchinson were released before the rest of the San Antonio prisoners at the special request of U.S. Minister Waddy Thompson. Thompson, Recollections of Mexico, 96-97. Maverick, a relative of Thompson, and Jones were both members of Congress when captured by Woll in September 1842. (Maverick was re-elected while a prisoner at Perote.) Hutchinson was the judge of the Fourth Judicial District Court. Green, Samuel Maverick, Texan, 207-208, 243.
13. Judge James W. Robinson, the lieutenant governor of the provisional government of Texas in 1835, wrote from Perote to the Mexican president offering to mediate between Mexico and the Republic, with the ultimate object of bringing Texas nominally back under Mexican control in exchange for political autonomy. This suggestion, which Robinson must have known would not sit well with his countrymen, appears to have been, as Green suggests, a calculated effort to win his freedom. When Robinson made his mission known to the national press upon his return to Texas, he was roundly censured, by both the citizens of the Republic and his former comrades in Perote. Haynes, Soldiers of Misfortune, 147, 154.
14. From the outset of his second presidential term, Houston had quarreled with western citizens of the Republic over the location of the seat of government, then located in Austin on the west Texas frontier. The Vasquez raid in March, 1842, had given him the pretext he needed to move the capital to a less vulnerable location, but the archives remained in Austin, guarded by angry residents who knew that the move spelled economic ruin for their otherwise unimportant frontier community. After two attempts to remove the government papers failed, Houston conceded defeat in the so-called "Archives War." Dorman H. Winfrey, "The Texan Archives War of 1842," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 64:172-184.
15. "Long, Long Ago" (1835?) was written by Thomas Haynes Bayly (Green quotes a stanza of the song on page 132). Bayly also wrote the lyrics of "The Soldier's Tear," which first appeared in the English musical Sold for a Song, but was later performed in the United States in the mid-1830s in an opera entitled Music and Prejudice. Catalogue of Printed Music in the British Library 34:401.
16. "Will You Come to the Bower?" was a popular, slightly bawdy ballad of the day written by Irish poet Thomas Moore. The song had also been sung by Texas troops at the Battle of San Jacinto. The first two stanzas are as follows:
|Will you come to the bower I have shaded for you?|
|Our bed shall be roses all spangled with dew.|
|Will you, will you, will you, will you |
|Come to the bower?|
|There, under the bower, on roses you'll lie,|
|With a blush on your cheek, but a smile in your eye.|
|Will you,will you, will you, will you|
|Smile, my beloved?|
|The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore, 377|