The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 80
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you do me no more than justice in affirming that I was your early
and zealous friend. The circumstances of patriarchal coloniza-
tion which attended the first settlement of those mighty and mag-
nificent solitudes . . . the ferocious invasion of Mexico, the
almost unexampled gallantry with which against fearful odds,
that invasion was met, enlisted my sympathy, and I know not
whether I stopped in the warm pulsations of my heart to enquire
as a mere sum in political arithmetic, what might be the future
relations your Republic would bear to our own. I felt that the
men who had won the battle of San Jacinto were entitled to the
renown they had so gloriously acquired. If a sympathy for the
sufferings and an admiration for the fearless valor of your people,
made my first impressions in favor of your country more a matter
of impulse and feeling than anything else, a, little reflection
brought me to the conclusion, that a successful issue of your
struggle was about to subserve not only the cause of civilization and
liberty, but would strengthen my own country, by placing on the
western side of the Mississippi a population intelligent, civilized,
enterprising, possessing institutions entirely in sympathy with
This growing interest of Hamilton in the affairs uf Texas early
took an active form. Henry Thompson, in his Texas, published
under the pseudonym "Milam" in 1839, says that his aid and
influence were secured through Barnard E. Bee.7 Bee came to
Texas with a letter of introduction from Hamilton to Lamar, dated
June 21, 1836, Hamilton and Lamar not being personally ac-
quainted, but having common acquaintances, and being united by
their nullification views. At the close of 1836, Hamilton was
offered the post of commander-in-chief of the Texan army, which he
declined. He soon afterward began to interest himself in securing
loans for Texas, and in otherwise helping to strengthen the
These activities soon forced him out of his first attitude of
friendly neutrality into definite opposition to annexation. On
October 11, 1838, he writes Lamar that the application for annex-
ation should be formally withdrawn, since its pendency seriously
hampers his negotiations for a loan to the Republic. On November
3, he again urges the withdrawal of the application:
'Page 59. For a note on this book see THE QUARTERLY, XVI, 107.
"Lamar papers, State Library.
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