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    [Mexican Invasions of 1842]. General Isidro Reyes Autograph Letter Signed. One and one-half pages of one leaf, 8.25" x 10.5", Lampazos [Mexico], July 31, 1842, to Captain Vicente Arreola in Spanish on letterhead of the Corps of the Army of the North, General-in-Chief. In the summer of 1842, General Reyes, who was in command of the Army of the North, had ordered the invasion of San Antonio by General Adrian Woll. Woll marched into the Texas settlement days after this letter was written. Reyes signature is large and very bold. Smoothed folds; clean paper.

    In this letter, Reyes writes in part (translated) about that invasion: "You will have heard of the success the defeat we handed Montero and [Col. Antonio] Conales, which filled me with pleasure, as it was the first upon my return to this body of the Army . . . against the adventurers of Texas." General Reyes also informs Captain Arreola that General Mariano Arista has proposed appointing Jesus de la Garza in his present company and Ugartechea in Mondora's Company.

    In early 1842, Mexico, which had never accepted Texas independence, invaded Texas. By early March, the Mexican Army under Gen. Woll easily took control of Goliad, Refugio, and Victoria. They then marched toward San Antonio. Meanwhile, James Davis and his Texan volunteers fought Col. Antonio Conales, who had also led a Mexican campaign into southeastern Texas. Conales was victorious, which is likely the subject of this letter. Though the general was savoring his successes, those very successes were soon to turn to disappointments. Woll's invasion of Texas beyond San Antonio soon met stiff resistance from the Texans, and were forced to retreat to Mexico. Conales, too withdrew back to Mexico.

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