The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 88
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Rusk's was east. Their powers were comprehensive, constituting
them not only as recruiting agents but also agents or contractors
for supplying ammunition, provisions, and other necessities for
the reduction of Bexar, and enabling them to purchase all articles
necessary for the volunteers that might enlist, to press into public
service horses, teams, wagons, or vessels for transport, to appoint
store keepers or sub-agents at discretion and to issue supplies to
the troops so volunteered as they deemed necessary and to the in-
terest of the government. They were to advise the Council regu-
larly of their proceedings and to give aid and comfort to all volun-
teers in the field.8
The agents set out at once in discharge of their duties. Bexar,
however, had fallen, December 9, 1835, even before their appoint-
UGammel, Laws of Teeas, I, 647. Following is the resolution:
"Be it resolved by the General Council of the Provisional Government
"That it is most earnestly and urgently recommended by our fellow
citizens, promptly to volunteer and repair to the camp before Bexar, to
unite with the citizen army there, in saving our country from a long
and bloody war by the speedy reduction of that post.
"Be it further resolved, that J. W. Fannin, junior, and Thos. J. Rusk
be appointed, and they are hereby appointed by the General Council afore-
said, forthwith to proceed, the one on the east side of the Trinity, the
other on the west side, for the purpose of collecting reinforcements and
have them enrolled for service for thirty days, in separate corps, for aid-
ing in the reduction of Bexar: Provided that each corps shall elect its
own officers in number according with the regular army, and all be un-
der the direction of the volunteer commander in the field. And also pro-
vided, that said volunteers shall receive the same pay and immunities as
the most favored soldiers of the country.
"Be it further resolved that the aforesaid J. W. Fannin, Jr. and Thos.
J. Rusk, be and are hereby constituted agents or contractors for sup-
plies, ammunition, provisions, and other necessaries, for carrying into
effect these resolutions, and they or either of them are hereby vested with
full powers, to purchase all articles necessary for said volunteers, upon
the faith of the Provisional Government, or if not otherwise to be pro-
vided to take such articles and to press horses, teams, wagons, or vessels
for transporting into public service, giving receipts or appraisements for
all such takings or impressments, and the aforesaid agents may appoint
public storekeepers and sub-agents at their discretion, and issue to the
troops so volunteered, as they may deem necessary and to the interest
of the government, in all cases taking the proper vouchers for their acts.
"Be it further resolved, that the said agents or contractors shall keep
the council regularly advised of their proceedings and of whatever in
their opinion may be required of the General Council, to give aid and
comfort to all the brave volunteers now in the field, in their country's
"Be it further resolved, that the preceding report and resolutions be
printed and circulated throughout Texas.
"Be it further resolved that this House appoint the following persons
to act in concert with Colonel Fannin for carrying into effect the objects
of the above resolutions."
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