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Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Sam Houston


I had the honour on the 11th Inst: to receive from the Honb’le Geo: McKnight, Comm’r of the State, your Communication of the 24’ Ulto:

Having no authority to receive volunteers into the Service of the U. States, I was unable to retain the Squadron of Rangers on the Rio Grande upon the Conditions proposed.

It is gratifying to me to state that Major Heintzelman Comm’r the U.S. troops on the Rio Grand Speaks in Complimentary terms of the Conduct of both officers & men composing the Squadron & particularly Commends Major Ford & Capt. Littleton commanding the two Companies.

You will be pleased to learn that at this time there are no disturbances on this frontier & that I hear of the presence of no banditti on either side of the river. I am with high respect

your Obt Servt

R. E. Lee
Bt Col Comm’t Dept. of Texas



Endorsed “Col. R.E. Lee Fort Brown April 20/60 Respecting the Troops upon the Rio Grande.”