--Some wealthy planters in Texas
have presented General Magruder
with a splendid riding horse.
The following is his letter of acceptance:
--I have the honor to return you my grateful acknowledgments for the kind sentiments expressed in your letter of yesterday, and accept your present of the noble charger with pleasure.
Sustained by the confidence of the people of Texas
, I do not doubt the repulse or the enemy from every portion of her soil.
It may be the work of time, and its accomplishment may call for many sacrifices and an enduring fortitude.
None know how to make the former more freely, or to manifest the latter more nobly, than the men of Texas;
and if, in the darkest hour, say should falter or despond, their leader needs but point to the women of Texas
to inspire courage and stimulate revenge.
This holy influence — the inspiration of mothers wives and daughters — has given our cause an irresistible strength; and were the enemy a thousand fold more numerous, would ensure us the victory in the defence of our homes.
With you and with them is my whole heart — the honor of our country and the public safety my only thought, and such abilities as I possess will be devoted to their preservation, with unwearied energy and entire confidence of success.