The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 37
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas 37
an appeal for aid signed by the brother of Robert J. Walker.
After summarizing -the events in Texas he concludes with the
statement, "They need the aid of the people of the United States.
They have no arms but rifles; they want artillery, muskets, am-
munition and men. These they must get from the United States.
A stirring appeal should be made."3 As events were to prove,
the appeal was not made in vain. "So far as I can see," wrote
Childress to Burnet, "the 'South and West are kindling into a
blaze upon the subject."4 This was in the spring of 1836. Just
three months later Alexander Jones wrote Lamar as follows: "I
do believe if the invasion of Mexico and the conquest of the City
of Mexico was held out as an inducement for volunteering in such
an expedition, 10,000 choice troops could be raised in the west-
ern country alone for that object."5 Later when rumors of the
invasion of Texas by the Mexicans kept finding their way into
the United States, we find Henry S. Foote writing thus to Lamar:
"If Texas is in danger of an invasion from Mexico, I can raise 1000
or 2000 men here in Mississippi."6 Hunt, writing to Henderson
from Vicksburg about the middle of April, 1837, overestimated
the zeal of the South in regard to Texas: "So ardent," said he,
"are the Southern States to procure the annexation of Texas to
plish it, will produce a dissolution of the Union."' Even Web-
ster was apprehensive of an attack upon Texas by Santa Anna,
but "that Texas must succeed he had no doubt for whenever the
struggle became warm Texas would be sure to get a large force
from the Southwest." To the editor of the Memphis Enquirer
the excitement in favor of Texas throughout Mississippi and
Louisiana was "almost incredible." HIe predicted that money
and volunteers would be on their way to Texas in the spirit of
Southern liberality. The news of the fall of San Antonio called
forth this comment: "The feelings of the brave throughout Mis-
sissippi and Louisiana have burst forth in a volume that nothing
3Woodville Republican, November 14, 1835.
fGarrison, Diplomatic Correspondence of Texas, I, 85. Cf. Ibid., 173;
Niles' Register, LXII, 98.
'MS. Lamar Papers.
7Garrison, Diplomatic Correspondence of Texas, I, 208.
-Ibid., I, 616.
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