The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 83
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James W. Fannin, Jr., in the Texas Revolution
and their only emulation be who shall, who will do the most for
the public good."le
Only ten days after this famous banquet, word Was received at
Matagorda from Copano that the armed vessel Veracruzana with
General Cod on board had arrived and was landing arms and am-
munition, and that Cos was to await the arrival of two other ves-
sels with four hundred troops, which were expected soon.'1 Fan-
nin, who was spreading the news, added:
"We have determined to raise a sufficient force to justify a
reasonable belief that we can succeed in an effort to secure at
least the arms and ammunition and if possible the troops. You
know we are weak in numbers-tho Thank God united in. council."
He then showed how the settlers had planned to capture the
Veracruana; namely to rendezvous at Robinson's ferry on the
Colorado and later to proceed to James Kerr's on the Lavaca
where proper information would be received to guide their future
operations. Lastly, he asked the cooperation of the various settle-
ments, and urged that the news be spread "as speedy as possible,"
declaring that he himself would attend personally to Matagorda
Bay and Bay Prairie, to see that suitable spies and scouts were
sent ahead for information on which to rely.
The news of the arrival of the Veracruzana caused great excite-
ment in Texas, because it proved to the Texans that Santa Anna
intended to carry out his threat of establishing soldiers among
them. Austin, as chairman of the Committee of Safety and Cor-
respondence at San Felipe, on September 22, having just heard
the news, urged those who could to join the expedition on the 28th.
And on the 26th of September, there appeared in The Texas Re-
publican a list of persons, Fannin among the number, each sub-
scribing $500 to buy "arms and munitions of war." There wab
added this warning: "Let General Cos come. We will give him
a warm reception."
But the expedition did not materialize. The next thing we hear
of it is that Fannin had countermanded the order for the move-
ment against Copano. The letter giving this information adds :18
"Mr. Fannin says that he has no doubt but that the Steam Boat
1"The Tex"as Republican, September 16, 1835.
'1Fannin to Mills, September 18, 1835. State Library.
"Kerr to Austin, September 30, 1835. State Library.
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