The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 39
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Kentucky and the Independence of Texas
pervades all ranks and classes of society in every part of this coun-
try in favor of the emancipation of Texas."' One most important
service rendered by the commissioners was in the matter of secur-
ing a loan for their government.2 They were also authorized by
the provisional government to receive donations for the cause of
On March 7th, General Austin delivered a masterly address
upon Texas in the Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville.a A
few days later he was in Lexington seeking to create interest in
his adopted country. General T. J. Chambers entered into an
arrangement with the Texan government for sending volunteers
from the United States.4 Other commissioners who were active
in Kentucky were Colonel Lewis and Colonel Hayden Edwards,
the latter of whom was requested by the committee of vigilance
and safety to solicit donations for the purpose of raising a bat-
talion to be known as the "Ladies Battalion" or "Regiment."5
During the spring and summer meetings of Texan sympathizers
were held at the principal towns of Kentucky. Upon these occa-
sions volunteers enrolled themselves as emigrants, money was
freely subscribed, resolutions were adopted expressing sympathy
with the Texans, correspondence committees were appointed to
further the cause of Texas, and invariably the government of the
United States was memorialized to recognize the Texan republic
as free, sovereign, and independent. The most prominent city in
1Austin, Archer, and Wharton to Smith, February 16, 1836. Garrison,
Dip. C(or. Tex., 1, 66. Cf. Austin to Owings, February 12, 1836. Ibid., I,
70. "All was enthusiasm in our cause," wrote Wharton to Austin, April
6, 1836. bi., 1, 81. In April Childress wrote: "So far as I can see the
South and Vest are kindling into a blaze upon the subject." Childress to
Burnett, April 1S, 1836. Ibid., I, 55.
'Of the first loan, three Kentuckians subscribed $25,000; of the second,
two Kentuckians subscribed $7000. See Barker, "Texas Revolutionary
Finances," in Polit. Sci. Quart., X1X, 630. Cf. also Gouge, Fiscal History
of Texas, 50-53. Garrison, Dip. Cor. Tex., I, 58.
8The address was printed in the Kentucky Gazette, April 9, 1836. It
was afterwards published in pamphlet form.
4For the services of General Chambers in sending men and munitions
of war to Texas see Barker, "The Texan Revolutionary Army," in TIIE
QUARTERLY, IX, 235, 240. For an eulogy of Chambers's services by Whar-
ton, see Wharton to Austin, December 11, 1836. Garrison, Dip. Cor. Tew.,
I, 154. For the authority of Chambers to raise an "Army of Reserve for
Protection of Liberties of Texas," see Ordinances and decrees of the con-
sultation, provisional government of Texas, and the convention, 123-125.
"Lexington Intelligencer, April 8, 1836.
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