The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 129
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New Orleans Newspapers and Texas Question, 1885-1837 129
citizens during these critical years is the account of a meeting of
citizens at the North American hotel on Wednesday, January 12,
1837, to do honor to the memory of Stephen F. Austin. David G.
Burnet was chairman, and A. J. Yates secretary. A preamble and
resolutions were adopted eulogistic of the services of this remark-
able man. Citizens of Texas were requested to wear mourning for
thirty days, and Commander Chas. E. Hawkins, of the "Inde-
pendence," was asked to fire a minute gun on Friday, the 14th, at
noon. The Commercial Bulletin in a long and feeling editorial
dwelt upon the services of Austin, hero, patriot, statesman.89 The
Bee, on a former occasion, had printed Houston's tribute to Wm.
H. Christy, a citizen who had taken a conspicuous part in organ-
izing relief for Texas in the incipient days of the revolution. One
statement was as follows: "Our misfortunes have been their mis-
fortunes; our sorrows have been theirs, and their joy at our success
has been irrepressible."70 There was a measure of truth in the
comment of the Courier: "New Orleans has been to Texas what
Toulon is to France,-here she organized her armies and fleets, pro-
cured her munitions of war, and in truth was the means which
rescued Texas from Mexican thraldom."71
Not the least important of the services rendered Texas by the
great southern metropolis was the unfailing support on the whole
of the New Orleans newspapers.
"Issue of January 13, 1837.
"Issue of November 26, 1836, quoting the Telegraph and Texas Regis-
ter, October 9, 19, 1836.
"Issue of February 17, 1837.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933, periodical, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101093/m1/143/: accessed February 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.