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the five hundred French marines yet there and entrenched. Six ships-of-war lay off the bar. The expedition up the river went within twenty miles of Matamoras, but returned on account of the lowness of the water, and were not driven back by Cortinas, the boats lying too low to command the banks of the river. Continued rains had prevented the French troops from moving down from Monterey, though it was reported that the cavalry were within two days march of Matamoras waiting for the infantrynty miles of Matamoras, but returned on account of the lowness of the water, and were not driven back by Cortinas, the boats lying too low to command the banks of the river. Continued rains had prevented the French troops from moving down from Monterey, though it was reported that the cavalry were within two days march of Matamoras waiting for the infantry to come up. It was reported that Cortinas had guns bearing on Brownsville, and threatened to bombard that city if the Texans molested him.