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    [John Caperton] and [John Coffee "Jack" Hays]. Autograph Letter Signed to John Caperton of San Antonio concerning the Mexican War. Two pages, 8" x 10.5", New Orleans, September 26, 1847. Though not a Texas Ranger, Caperton joined up with Jack Hays in 1848 in his unsuccessful search for a route from San Antonio to El Paso. Caperton later followed Hays to California, where he wrote an account of the famous Ranger's life, Sketch of Colonel John C. Hays, Texas Ranger.

    In this letter to Caperton, his friend, L. I Sigun[?], reports on opinions in New Orleans about the Mexican War and speculations about the fate of the Mexican nation. "Money invested in land in Texas cannot I am afraid be made available for a long time. There is no telling when this war will end & what termination it will have. We have almost ceased to speculate upon a question the solution of which seems so distant in the future. But the people are commencing to look upon the entire absorption of Mexico as a probable event. The Delta has been advocating the establishment of Government in all conquered provinces with a view to the permanent occupation of the country as chimerical as this this idea might have affected six months ago many prominent politicians both South & North have countenanced it; the more prudent of them waiting only on favourable opportunity to declare themselves. We can't conquer Mexico by force of arms tho' we may beat her whenever & wheresoever we meet them. Let us try a political conquest. . . . What do you think of the plan?" This letter exhibits folds and one small tear on the address page which resulted from Caperton opening the seal.

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