The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 39
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas 39
purpose of furthering the cause of the Texans."1 At the request
of a Texas committee appointed at a. public meeting held at the
courthouse in Natchez on December 7, the manager of the
Natchez theatre set apart Wednesday of the following week for the
"benefit of the patriots of Texas." On this occasion, Mr. Charles
IH. Eaton, a "tragedian of great celebrity," volunteered his serv-
ices.'" In this same city in the following April there was held
a meeting of the citizens for taking into consideration the situa-
tion in Texas. At this assembly Captain John A. Quitman pre-
sided, and General Felix Huston was secretary. An address was
delivered by the Hon. Jesse Bledsoe "in an impassioned strain
of eloquence." He was followed by Colonel Childress, a member
of the Texas convention. Resolutions in the usual style followed,
these being offered by Win. Vannerson. One reads "That the
proud dictator, Santa Anna, like the fort--Almo [Alamo] must
fall. And the purple current of valiant gore that has moistened
the plains in the cause of liberty, must be avenged." A commit-
tee was appointed to solicit subscriptions in aid of the "Texians,"
and for the benefit of those volunteering in the cause from the
State of Mississippi.'3
The citizens of Vicksburg responded generously to the appeal
of Texas for aid, contributing the sum of $3,500.' Yet it was
felt that Mississippi was not doing what it should in behalf of
the struggling Texans. In the Woodville Republican for April
23, 1836, there was printed an urgent appeal for volunteers,
money and horses with which to equip an expedition for Texas.
One writer reproached the citizens of Wilkinson county for their
indifference to the fate of Texas, especially in view of the fact
that the border was menaced by a blood-thirsty foe. Tn the first
"This committee was composed of F. Huston, George Winchester, S.
A. Plummer, James Stocknan, and A. I. Coffin. Natc hez Courier in
Clinton Gazette, October 31, 1835.
"Mississippi Free Trader, December 11, 1835.
"This committee was composed of John M. Ross, Wm. P. Mellen,
George R. Girault, Wim. B. Duke, A. 1. Coffin and A. L. Gaines. Wood-
ville Republican, April 9, 1836. Cf. Claiborne, Life of Quitm an, I, 145,
who gives ten as the number of the committee: the additional names are
Wm. Parker, Wm. Vannerson, R. W. Abbey, R. Stockman. After taking
an active part in the Texas revolution John M. Ross is said to have
finally succumbed to the scourge of the tropics.
"4Woodville Republican, April 23, 1836.
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