The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 64
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Grande, and carry unusual terror into many a Mexican hamlet.
Texas has no desire to extend her conquests beyond her own nat-
ural and appropriate limits, but if the war must be prosecuted
against us, after abundant evidence of its futility has been ex-
hibited to the enemy and to the world, other land than our own
must sustain a portion of its ravages.
The period of active service of the "Twin Sisters" apparently
ends here. Early in 1840, together with the other ordnance
stores, they were removed from Houston to Austin.8 It is prob-
able that they were stationed so as to be ready for use against
the Indians, but no evidence has been found of actual service.
On the other hand, the anniversary of the battle of San Jacinto
was ushered in on April 21, 1841, by "a colloquial interchange
of the same twin-sisters, that spoke with so much effect on that
day five years ago." And later in the same year, when Presi-
dent Houston was inaugurated, "the very moment that General
Houston kissed the Book, as a seal to his oath to support, protect
and defend the Constitution, one of the 'Twin Sisters' of San
Jacinto thundered forth as it were a loud shout of joy! The
effect was electrical upon the multitudes, as it was unanticipated
and was followed by bursts of applause."0
Then followed annexation, consummated in such haste, leav-
ing the terms so, vague, that there was no end of dissatisfaction
and dispute. The war with Mexico delayed the carrying out of
some of the provisions. The fact that General Taylor had little
love for Texas. made them all the more critical of his course.
The editor of the State Gazette complained:
The Government is removing the public property from the depot
at Galveston to, Baton Rouge. It will not be long before Gen.
Taylor will have stripped our State of every vestige of our revo-
lutionary trophies. The United States have got our naval vessels
QUARTERLY, IV, 320.) The tendency to adorn a tale has given rise to
a story which relates that they were called "Twin Sisters" in honor of
two little girls, the twin daughters of a Dr. Rice, a physician in the
Texas navy, who stood sponsors at the presentation. (Houston Post,
August 30, 1909.)
8"Report of the Colonel of Ordnance" in Appendix to the Journals of
the House of Representatives, Fifth Congress, 169-70.
'Texas Gentinel (Austin), April 29, 1841.
"The Red-Lander, December 30, 1841.
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