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teer emigrants, and in many instances the pecuniary interest was a
Austin felt that the certainty that real danger threatened
Texas would send thousands to its aid who would not go if they
thought they were not needed.2
Moreover interest in Texas affairs was stimulated by descrip-
tive articles upon Texas which appeared in the public press, some
of which were written by Wharton and others for the purpose of
arousing enthusiasm for their country in the time of its need. On
the other hand it should be remarked that the cause of the Texas
revolutionists was prejudiced by articles hostile to. Texas, which
appeared in the press of different states.
In the late summer of 1835 disconcerting news from Texas
reached Kentucky. An interesting account of Magee's raid con-
tributed by Judge H. M. Brackenridge to the Philadelphian Even-
ing Star of October 30, 1835, concludes with this statement:
"I should not be surprised if the war of Texas should end in the
City of Mexico," --a statement which was destined to be fulfilled
under different circumstances a decade later. In November of
this year the people of Kentucky read in their papers that the
dogs of war had been let loose in Texas.' Under the caption
"Foreign Intelligence" occur head-lines such as this: "Important
from Texas-War! !" Circulars and letters were published signed
by those in authority in the revolted province. Among these is
the letter of Houston to Isaac Parker, dated San Augustine, Oc-
tober 5, 1835, which appeared in the Lexington Observer and Ken-
tuckcy Reporter of November 4, 1835. A portion of it reads as
follows: "War in defence of our Rights, our Oaths, and our Con-
stitution is inevitable in Texas. If Volunteers from the United
'The reader should consult, in this connection, Barker, "Land Speculation
as a Cause of the Texas Revolution," in THE QUARTERLY, X, 79-95. Says
the Virginia Herald of June 29, 1836, quoting the New Orleans Bee; June
10, 1836: "speculation produced war, and will follow peace." Cf. Morning
Courier and New York Enquirer, October 28, 31, 1835; New York Evening
Post, January 17, 1836.
2Austin, Archer, and Wharton to Smith, February 16, 1836. Garrison,
Dip. Cor. Tex., I, 69.
8Cf. the Commonwealth, November 28, 1835. This paper was published
in Frankfort, Ky. In the Richmond Enquirer, May 3, 1836, the writer ex-
plains what he meant by these words.
'See the Frankfort Argus, November 5, 11, 25, 1835.
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