In promoting the interests of my country, I feel that I am promoting my own individual happiness. All that I have, either in reputation or in property, is in Texas. Texas is my abiding place; this is my home, my nation, the home of my friends… When my country calls, I have ever deemed it my duty and my privilege to peril my life upon the issue of her glory.
During Sam’s second administration, the Mexicans made two abortive raids on San Antonio in the spring of 1842 and carted some captive Texans back to Mexico. Texans clamored to invade Mexico in retribution, but Sam resisted. He knew that it would be the height of folly to venture into the interior of Mexico. The national legislature passed a bill to invade Mexico, but Sam refused to sign it, thus preventing it from becoming law. In so doing, he cautioned:
To invite an army of 5,000 volunteers into service without means to subsist them would be productive of incalculable injury to the nation. It is an established fact that if subordination and discipline are not maintained, an armed force is more dangerous to the security of citizens and the liberties of a country than all the external enemies that could invade its rights.
For his refusal to attack Mexico, Sam was sharply criticized and even challenged to duels. On one occasion when Sam’s secretary informed him that he had been challenged to yet another duel, he quipped, “Put him on the list and tell him he’s number 16.” Later that year (1842), the citizens of Texas came to their senses. They were grateful that Sam had not risked Texas’ independence by fighting another war with Mexico.
|The Confederate State of Texas (1861-1865)