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this respect was Lexington, which gave generously of its citizens
and means for the cause of Texas. Between the end of March and
the middle of June, 1836, more than a dozen meetings of this
nature were held in Lexington.' On these occasions the sum of
$3500 was subscribed and something like one hundred and eighty
citizens of Lexington and Fayette county volunteered to emigrate
to Texas. A committee of the Lexington Fayette Volunteers is-
sued a stirring appeal to the patriotic young men of Kentucky
calling upon them to enlist in the sacred cause of Texas inde-
pendence and to be ready to start by May 20th.2
It was likewise resolved at the same meeting to appoint a com-
mittee of ladies to arrange to equip a corps to be raised in the
city and county to be called the "Ladies Legion of the City of
The Lexington Typographical Society appropriated the sum of
twenty dollars to enable persons to emigrate to Texas.4
Among those who were foremost in their devotion to the cause
of Texas was Mrs. M. A. Holley, the accomplished widow of Dr.
Holley of Lexington, whose history of Texas was published in
the summer of 1836. The following appeal signed by Mrs. Holley
appeared in the Lexington Intelligencer of April 26, 1836:
"Those ladies who are disposed to devote a portion of their time,
and their needles, to the holy cause of Texas, will please to call
at the house of the subscriber, where may be found materials for
this sacred charity." Accordingly a sewing party of ladies met at
the house of Mrs. Holley twice-a-week for some time until a quan-
tity of clothes were made. Her two nieces, the Misses Austin,
were prominent in the work, the material being contributed by
'The Kentucky Gazette and the Lexington Intelligencer contain full ac-
counts of these meetings.
2The appeal was signed by Robert A. Ferguson, Benjamin F. Gause,
Sam. D. Woolley, P. H. Harris, and O. L. Shivers.
"Kentucky Gazette, May 9, 1836. Among those who volunteered on this
occasion to go to Texas were the following: William Burke, D. H. Weigert,
William C. Murphy, H. W. Davis, Archibald Dunlop, W. Bell, Albert Page,
John Davis, George D. Courcey, Franklin George, Benjamin F. Downing,
John Downing; at an adjourned meeting the following volunteered to emi-
grate: Colonel Edw. J. Wilson, William Ragan, John Beard, John W.
Smith, John Burch, Charles Brown, James White, Major Horatio Gro.oms,
James Vanderpool, Francis Fry, Henry Harris, John S. Vaughn, Stephen
P. Terry, and Newton Fisher.
'Lexington Intelligencer, May 3, 1836.
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