The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 43
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas 43
that portion of the State. This city was the scene of the re-
cruiting activities of one of the most prominent figures in the
Texas revolution, General Felix Huston. If we are to believe
his critics, Huston played an obstreperous rather than an effective
role in the struggle for independence; nevertheless, he rendered
the cause no mean services by reason of his activities in organiz-
ing emigrants for Texas from other States as well as from his
own. Huston was a typical military adventurer, ambitious and
aggressive, but it would seem writers have done him scant justice
in the account that one comes across in the books. He was a
native of Kentucky, and when the Texas revolution broke out, was
practicing law successfully at Natchez. In March, 1836, he pub-
lished a letter in the Louisville Journal for the purpose of at-
tracting volunteers.2" If for no other reason the letter is inter-
esting as throwing light upon the character of those whom Hus-
ton desires to compose his command:
Natchez, March 1, 1836.
Dear Sir: You will be surprised probably that I am going to
Texas-but such is the case. I contemplate starting about the
first of May, and expect to take with me about 500 emigrants.
I am making preparations for arms, ammunition, etc., at an ex-
pense of $40,000; and shall have a rendezvous and begin to send
on supplies by the first of May. I wish to get some men from
Kentucky. I should find no difficulty in getting as many as I
want here, but there will be more difficulty in rejecting those I
do not want, and who will not suit me, than in obtaining offers.
I intend to arm and uniform the men well, and provide sup-
plies for twelve months-and I wish not to risk my fortune, my
life, and my honor, on men whom I cannot rely. Such as go
with me must be willing cheerfully to undergo the hardships and
privations incidental to. such enterprise, and preserve discipline.
I wish to get hardy, active and enterprising men, who have
made up their minds, and will abide by their resolutions. I am
making arrangements to obtain advantageous terms for those who
emigrate to Texas with me-and shall in a few days have an
agent at the convention which is now sitting. I will communi-
cate to the public the terms on which men can join me when my
agent returns. But this is now certain-they will be favorable.
Those who go to Texas this year will readily find employment on
Your friend Felix Huston.
23Quoted in the Woodville Republican, April 9, 1836.
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