The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 81
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James W. Fanmin, Jr., in the Texs Revolution
violent controversy with S. Rhoads Fisher concerning the Hannah
Elizabeth, Fisher accuses him of bringing from Africa slaves whose
"native lingo yet betrays their recent importation."8 And a de-
tached sentence in the letter to Major Belton above referred to,
"My last voyage from the Island of Cuba (with 153) succeeded
admirably," would suggest that he at least was interested in slave
trading. Certainly he was a slave owner; for on November 6,
1836, he offered to the Texas government to sell, hypothecate, or
otherwise dispose of all his property in Texas, "consisting of thirty-
six negroes now on Caney Creek and Brazos River to meet the pur-
chase price of war material.9
From the beginnings of the revolutionary agitations Fannin was
prominent in Texan affairs. His importance in the colony is at-
tested by the fact that on August 20, 1835, he was appointed by
the Committee of Safety and Correspondence at Columbia to go to
San Felipe and use his influence to persuade Wyly Martin and
other persons to cooperate in the call of the consultation of all
Texas.1o However effective his work may have been, a public
meeting at San Felipe on September 12, 1835, recommended the
consultation, and Martin, along with Randall Jones, William Pet-
tus, Gail Borden, Jr., and Stephen F. Austin, was appointed on
a committee to "order and superintend the election of delegates of
this jurisdiction, and to correspond with committees of other jur-
Fannin was not only an active revolutionary agitator, but he
had also formed plans for the success of the struggle in which he
foresaw Texas would be shortly engaged. Being a West Point
man, he believed that the army should be organized largely under
the command of West Point officers. Indeed, while in Mobile dur-
ing the winter of 1834-5,12 he had suggested to Major Belton of
the United States Army that the Texans would probably require
aid from the United States, and particularly from a few experi-
enced officers, though he had no notion that the war would begin
'THE QUARTERLY, XIII, 188.
'THE QUARTERLY, VII, 152.
oArcher to Fannin, August 20, 1835. State Library.
nJohnson-Barker, Texas and Tewans, I, 261-2.
"Reference made to this in Fannin's letter to Major Belton, August 27,
1835. See above, note 4.
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