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THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY
VoL. XXIII JULY, 1919 No 1.
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for views expressed by
contributors to Tan QUARTBRLY
TEXAS ANNEXATION SENTIMENT IN MISSISSIPPI,
1835-1844
JAMES E. WINSTON
It was to the settlers of the south and the southwest that the
Texas leaders looked for sympathy and support in the struggle
against Mexico; and Mississippi, as did the rest of the Southern
States, rendered the cause of Texan independence material sup-
port in men and money, bought Texas scrip, defrayed the ex-
p'enses of a Methodist mission to Texas, and championed the
cause of the struggling Texans through the public prints and
upon the platform. One of the most disinterested figures that
one comes across during the period of the Texas revolution is
John A. Quitman, whose zeal for the cause of the struggling
Texans led him to make substantial sacrifices in their behalf.
A typical instance of an adventurer embarking his personal for-
tunes in an enterprise that appealed to the adventurous spirits of
every section is to be found in the case of Felix Huston, who later
became one of the most ardent advocates of annexation. He and
Henry S. Foote, the author of a work upon the history of Texas,
participated in a Texas meeting which was the earliest organized
attempt to foster public sentiment favorable to Texas. This meet-
ing was held at New Orleans, July 14, 1835, and was presided
over by Huston, the resolutions being presented by Foote. Dr.
Jas. F. Maclin of Vicksburg was secretary of the meeting.
The Texas revolutionary leaders attached much importance to
the help expected from the south and the southwest; this is a
topic of frequent comment in their correspondence. Hunt writ-

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