The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 45
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Kentucky and the Independence of Texas
"Ladies Legion" which had set forth under such bright prospects,
the start was never made. And great was the surprise of those at
home to learn, at the end of August, that Wlson and Postle-
thwaite with about one-half of their command had returned to
Kentucky. The first intimation which the people of Lexington
had of this extraordinary procedure was when they read in the
Kentucky Gazette of August 29 that the two above-named gentle-
men and a part of the emigrants had returned to New Orleans
and would be on home in a few days. The reason assigned was
that they had not arrived in Texas by the time prescribed by the
government, namely, July 1, and had been assured of only $8.00
a month. Moreover, according to the correspondent, matters in
Texas were in a very unsettled state. According to another re-
port, no immediate danger was to be apprehended from Mexico.
Furthermore, the lands promised emigrants by the government of
Texas had been refused,, the law allowing bounty lands having ex-
pired by the above-named date.'
Feeling that public opinion demanded an explanation of their
course of action, Wilson and Postlethwaite published a lengthy
article in the newspapers in which they set forth their reasons for
abandoning the cause of Texas. In the expos of the motives
which impelled their return, they declare the unhappy civil and
political condition of Texas render her totally unworthy of aid
or sympathy. Professing agents secured volunteers by means of
false promises. The cause for the long delay at New Orleans was
due to the President and Cabinet wanting no more volunteers,
believing the war at an end. In consequence of a rumor of a
Mexican invasion, Captain Postlethwaite advanced with one hun-
dred troops about July 2. Colonel Wilson got off on July 10,
arriving at Galveston seven days later. The former went to
Velasco, the seat of government, where he was treated with great
rudeness by President Burnet, who was also guilty of incivility
to Colonel Wilson. In conclusion they declared that the present
population of Texas was incapable of a just idea of civil or
political liberty; the mass of people were animated by a desire of
plunder; no stable government of any kind existed; the army was
defiant; the Cabinet corrupt and imbecile; the only stimulus of
'The Commonwealth, August 31, 1836.
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