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acting as secretary.4 A committee of vigilance and correspond-
ence was formed; and, as a member of this committee, Rusk wrote
an earnest protest against the further introduction of Indians
from the United States.' When Mosely Baker and F. W. Johnson
arrived in Nacogdoches on their secret mission to East Texas, to
ascertain feeling in the department of Nacogdoches and obtain
adherents to the war party, they met and talked with Houston
and Thomas J. Rusk at the home of J. K. and A. C. Allen. Both
Houston and Rusk expressed the opinion that the people of this
district were not yet ready for resistance.6
Nevertheless, by September the 5th, the ayuntamiento at Nac-
ogdoches had passed a resolution "that they would obey no orders
except those which came from the proper state authorities." A
month later, Rusk attended a meeting at San Augustine,7 where
he made a stirring appeal to the people and volunteered to go
himself as a soldier. A company of volunteers was organized,
and Rusk was chosen to lead it to San Antonio.8 In the mean-
time, Sam Houston had been commissioned "'Commander-in-Chief
of the forces of the Department of Nacogdoches' to sustain the
principles of the Constitution of 1824"9 by action of the Com-
mittee of Vigilance and Safety of Nacogdoches and San Augus-
tine. Houston, a delegate to the Consultation at San Felipe,
received a letter from General Austin, asking him to send on his
"Division of troops." Houston claims that he "took from his
pocket the last five dollars he had in the world, and put it into
the hand of a good rider, with dispatches to his Division, and in
a short time the Redlanders were rapidly mustering for the scene
of war,"1 while Houston himself set out for Austin's Camp on
the Salado, within three miles of Bexar.
With the selection of Houston as Commander-in-Chief of the
armies and Rusk's appointment as agent or contractor for sup-
plying volunteers, ammunition, and provisions for the army in
4L. J. Wortham, A History of Texas, II, 246.
1H. S. Thrall, Pictorial History of Texas, 607.
'Wortham, A History of Texas, II, 254-280.
7H. H. Bancroft, History of the North Mexican States and Texas, II,
'Sterrett, A Life of T. J. Rusk, 16-17.
'James, The Raven, 209, and J. H. Brown, History of Texas, I, 363.
"Memoir, p. 74.
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