The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 82
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so soon. In the letter above mentioned,8 he gives an idea of
the threatened invasion of the Mexicans and of the preparations
of the Texans:
"We are now preparing-having organized the National Guards
into Companies; and sent orders to U. States for arms and muni-
'tions; and united in the call of a convention of the people on the
15th of Oct. next. That convention will Declare Us Independent.
. . . Letters of marque will be issued . . and we will
have afloat a sufficient naval force to guard our coast and cripple
their trade from the Campeachy banks to N. Orleans." The main
object of the letter, however, was to inquire whether Fannin could
present Major Belton's name at the convention, or at any subse-
quent time, "as an officer qualified and willing to command as
brave a set of backwoodsmen as were ever led to battle"; for he
added later, "'When the hurly-burly is begun,' we will be glad to
see as many West Point boys as can be spared."
Major Belton neither declined nor permitted the use of his name
before the consultation; but he offered, while he should be in New
Orleans, six or eight days every month, to inspect and forward
military arms and stores to Texas.1' Fannin later wrote to the
president of the Consultation of Texas and advised that Major
Belton be tendered a nomination in the proposed military organiza-
tion. But neither the president nor the consultation acted on the
matter, and thus Fannin's plan of using West Point military offi-
cers came to naught."'
Fannin's letter to Major Belton was dated August 27, 1835, and
by that time Texan resistance to Santa Anna was practically an
assured fact. Several times during the exciting month of Sep-
tember we hear of Fannin's actions. On the 8th, he attended the
banquet at Brazoria given in honor of Austin, who had just re-
turned from his imprisonment in Mexico. The toast he gave on
that occasion was timely and seems characteristic of his policy
throughout the revolution:
"Union; may the people of Texas unite Roses white and red
'3Fannin to Major Belton, August 27, 1835. THE QUABTELY, XIII,
"THE QUARTERLY, VII, 321.
THE QUARTERLY, VII, 324.
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