The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 44
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The recruiting activities of Felix Huston went on apace dur-
ing the month of April. His "locally notorious" efforts in this
direction soon occasioned a protest on the part of the Mexican
ambassador at Washington. During the first week of April
Gorostiza complained that Huston was engaged in Tennessee in
enlisting, arming, and clothing at his own expense a corps of
500 volunteers with which to proceed to Texas in May. The
Mexican envoy moreover stated that seven vessels had been fitted
out at Natchez and had embarked with hundreds of volunteers
for Texas. But if such was the case, the majority of those leav-
ing on these expeditions were not Mississippians, for an exodus
upon such a scale as this would surely have excited marked com-
ment on the part of the "public prints." A few' days after Goro-
stiza's protest, Forsyth wrote to R. M. Gaines, the district attor-
ney at sNatchez, directing him to take measures against Huston
or any others so offending. According to Claiborne, the United
States marshall and district attorney were accountably absent;
the former of these, Wm. M. Gwin, is said to have been at Nacog-
doches at this time making large investments in Texas lands for
himself and others.24 A man by the name of Addison was act-
ing as district attorney at Natchez, and he assured the secretary
of state that the necessary diligence would be used to prevent
any infraction of neutrality within his district." It is not sur-
prising to find that the attorney at Natchez, "after using great
exertions to obtain a warrant, failed to do so." In a word no
greater zeal was evinced in prosecuting offenders against the
neutrality laws of the United States in Mississippi than any-
where else. And this was unfortunate for it gave the Mexican
government a just grievance against the United States govern-
A few weeks after the events narrated above, the following was
written by Capt. Win. K. English, of the Swiss Boy to John M.
Ross, a Mississippian, who figured prominently in the events of
uHistory of Mississippi, 431.
25Senate Does., 24 Cong., 2 Sess., VI, Nos. 25, 37, 42; House Exec.
Does., 24 Cong., 1 Sess., VI, No. 256; 25 Cong., 2 Sess., III, No. 74. On
the matter of neutrality, see Marshall, The Western Boundary of the
Louisiana Purchase, 1819-1841, Ch. X.
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