Later from Texas and Mexico.
By the arrival last night of the
steamship Galveston, Capt. Wright, we have Galveston dates up to
Monday, the 16th inst. The G. reports only 34 hours from
city to city.
By an extra of the Corpus Christi
Gazette, dated on the 12th inst., we learn that they have
received dates at that place from the city of Mexico up to the 21st
of January, three or four days later than we have received here by way
of Pensacola. The dates from the Rio Grande are up to the 7th
The editor of the Gazette publishes
several extracts from Mexican papers which, if any reliance can be
placed in them, would go to show that Paredes is endeavoring to raise
a heavy force to act against Texas. We copy one item:
On the 15th Jan. Gen. Paredes
issued a circular order to all the Governors of States that within
forty days from that date they shall furnish the necessary quota of
men to fill up the Army of Invasion to a war complement — 60,000 men.
The present army does not exceed 40,000. The troops at the capital
are constantly drilled with a veiw to act in large bodies.
The news was brought to Corpus Christi
by despatch. The editor of the Gazette says that the bearer reports a
considerable force of Commissioners of Mexican Customs Guards, near
the mouth of the Grullo or San Gertrudes, within less than twenty
leagues of the camp at Corpus Christi. Another party has been seen
about the same distance from that place — but a considerable distance
from the Gulf, in the interior — watching for return parties of
The following item we take from the
Gazette of the 12th inst.:
A large party of traders arrived here
last night, bringing in nearly 1000 mules and horses of superior
quality. They saw Lieut. Hamilton, having about forty men of the 2d
Dragoons and fifteen wagons on the 9th inst., and within a
short distance of the rendezvous of a commission party.
The editor of the Gazette thinks there
is no truth in the reports brought here by way of Pensacola of the
revolt of Arista. That officer, it would seem from the reports of
traders, was at his hacienda near Monterey on the 25th
January, where he had retired on resigning the command of the army of
The editor of the Gazette deems it
unadvisable for the present force at Corpus Christi to march upon the
Rio Grande, not thinking it strong enough. He is of the opinion that
within twenty days the Mexicans can have 25,000 men within two days’
march of Point Isabel.
Source: The Daily Picayune,
February 18, 1846, p. 2, col. 2.