The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 40
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week of October, 1835, a meeting was held at the courthouse at
Woodville to form a company of volunteers for Texas; on No-
vember 10 a Texas meeting was held at the Railroad Hotel in
the same town. Some two weeks later an adjourned meeting of
the citizens of Wilkinson County took place at the courthouse.
The call for this meeting was signed by Dr. Geo. C. McWhorter,
chairman of the former meeting, and by Jas. M. Downs, secre-
tary. The meeting was addressed by R. W. Webber, who offered
a set of resolutions. In these attention was called to the invit-
ing field offered by Texas for all kinds of enterprises; those in-
tending to emigrate were advised to take along a good gun, a
brace of pistols, and other weapons for procuring wild game. A
determination to proceed to Texas on December 18 was expressed,
and volunteers were invited to accompany the emigrants. It was
not their intention to be deterred by revolutionary measures,
"and if such struggle shall exist upon our arrival, we will do our
duty.'15 On April 9, 1836, a meeting of Texan sympathizers
was held at Port Gibson and a liberal subscription raised.'0 In
the same month a similar meeting took place at Jackson. An
address was made by Col. T. B. J. Hadley, resolutions of the
usual kind adopted, and a committee empowered to raise sub-
scriptions.17 In the following month a meeting was held at the
courthouse of Warren County in the interest of the Texan cause.8
The interest of the people of Mississippi in the affairs of Texas
was further stimulated by accounts of inducements held out to
prospective emigrants in the form of land. In the Woodville Re-
publican of January 23, 1836, appeared a communication signed
by Austin, Archer, and Wharton promising volunteers the same
pay and emoluments as were received by troops of the regular
United States army, and in addition 640 acres of land.
The interest of the people of Mississippi was not confined to
the material welfare of the inhabitants of Texas. At Natchez a
"Ibid., October 30, November 7, December 5, 1835.
"Port Gibson Corrcspondent, April 23, 1836.
"Grand Gulf Advertiser, April 28, 1836. This committee was com-
posed of J. and S. Smith, H. R. Hall, J. S. Fall, W. P. Stone and Z. P.
Wardell. Colonel Hadley was commended by Thos. J. Rusk for his warm
interest and exertions in the cause of Texas. The Mississippian, July
"1Rather, Recognition of the Republic of Texas by the United States, 213.
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