The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 38
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38 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
but blood, liberty or death can appease."9 This was newspaper
rhetoric pure and simple-in fact, there were journals in Missis-
sippi that rebuked the apathetic attitude of the people in regard
to Texas. But on the whole Texas feeling ran high in Missis-
sippi, especially at times when relations between Texas and Mex-
ico or England or the United States assumed an acute stage.
Public Meetings of Texan Sympathizers
Two Mississippians of note, General Felix H. Huston and
Henry S. Foote, were participants in the earliest organized at-
tempt to foster public sentiment favorable to Texas. This meet-
ing was held at New Orleans, July 14, 1835, and was presided
over by Huston, the resolutions being presented by Foote. Dr.
Jas. F. Maclin, of Vicksburg, was secretary of the meeting.l0
The first of these, as will be seen below, played a conspicuous
part in the Texas revolution; General Foote, prominent in the
political history of his own State, and characterized by Claiborne
as a bold and fearless man, was an active sympathizer with the
people of Texas in their struggle for independence and desire for
annexation. An avowed expansionist, he advocated as senator
"extending American liberty" over Central America. In Missis-
sippi, as elsewhere, the first meetings that were held for the pur-
pose of furthering the cause of Texan independence occurred in
the fall of 1835. As might be expected the citizens of Natchez,
around which city clusters so much of the history of Mfississippi,
evinced a lively interest in the affairs of Texas. The newspaper
accounts of the incipient revolution resulted in the usual "large
and respectable meeting" at the courthouse in October of that
year. Upon motion of General Felix Huston. John A. Quitman
was called to the chair, and Wm. H. Chaille appointed secretary.
Addresses were delivered by Huston and George Winchester. A
lengthy preamble, with accompanying resolutions, was adopted.
These recited the story of our own struggle for independence, and
alluded to the struggles of Poland and Greece; deep sympathy
was expressed for the Texans in the contest in which they were
engaged with Santa Anna. A committee was appointed for the
'Issue of April 12, 1836.
soTHE QUARTERLY, IV, 145.
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