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the United States claimed the territory known as Texas. The
above treaty settled the controversy by making the Sabine the
boundary. But many of the citizens of the United States were
dissatisfied with this arrangement. For instance, an editorial in
the New Orleans Bee of July 3, 1835, pronounced the treaty of
1819 unconstitutional in that it alienated the acquired purchase or
possession of Texas.- In the issue of July 20th of the same year
this paper asserted that the claims of Spain as against those of
France were based on perfidy.
It was perfectly natural that the rumor of war in Texas should
have aroused the keenest interest in Kentucky. The enterprise
was such a one as would naturally appeal to, a high-spirited people,
accustomed to the use of arms. In a letter of General Houston
to General Dunlap, Houston concludes with these words: "The
path of fame and wealth in Texas is open to the patriot and
chivalrous."2 Just as adventurers flocked to the standard of
William of Normandy, impelled by motives of adventure and the
desire of gain, so the news of the struggle going on in Texas drew
thither thousands actuated by various motives.3 The eagerness to
take up arms is shown by the readiness with which the call for
volunteers to re-enforce General Gaines on the Sabine was re-
:sponded to, and great was the chagrin of young Kentuckians when
the call was countermanded by the President. As the Texan war
progressed and it was learned what atrocities the Anglo-Ameri-
cans were suffering at the hands of the relentless Mexicans, the
war assumed something of the aspect of a crusade, and men felt it
to be their Christian duty to drive the Mexican from the land
desecrated by his presence. In addition to this, rich rewards in
the way of land were offered to those who risked life and limb in
such a worthy enterprise. At the advice of Dr. Archer, the Con-
sultation, at the very outset, provided for rewarding volunteers
with grants of land.4 Indeed it was recognized by the leaders of
"Professor Ficklen has shown that the State of Texas can not be re-
garded as a part of the territory purchased from France in 1803. See his
article, "The Louisiana Purchase vs. Texas," in Publications of the South-
ern History Association for September, 1901. Cf. Smith, The Annecation
of Texas, 5-7.
'Kentucky Gazette, July 18, 1836.
'See Smith, The Annexation of Texas, 29, as to the reason for the in-
terest felt by the South in Texas.
4TIE QUABTERLY, IX, 242-43.
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