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group of Texan sympathizers held a meeting at the Shakespeare
Theatre in Mobile, Alabama. They there resolved that "we shall
do all in our power for the cause of Texas, consistent with the
duty we owe our own government."2 A committee was appointed
to solicit contributions in behalf of the people of Texas and to
receive the names of volunteers who were disposed to go to
Texas for the purpose of "sustaining the people of that country
in their present struggle." The committee was also to report
to an adjourned meeting to be held at the courthouse Tuesday,
October 20. Within a short time after the adjournment on
October 17, the sum of $1,500 was subscribed by the citizens
of Mobile, and several volunteers offered for service.4
Between October 17 and October 20 the movement to aid
Texas gained momentum, and on October 20 a large and (the
newspapers reported) enthusiastic crowd met at the courthouse
in Mobile with W. D. Dunn presiding and J. T. Case acting as
secretary. It was the sense of the meeting that the struggle
then in progress was similar to that in 1776 and that it de-
served all the assistance Alabamans could give. After commend-
ing and approving the devotion of the people of Texas to the
Mexican Constitution of 1824 and praising the people of New
Orleans and other places in the United States for giving aid to
Texas, the meeting appointed a committee of twenty with
plenary powers to solicit funds and volunteers for Texas.5
A copy of the proceedings of the meeting was prepared so that
it could be sent to Texas by James B. Bonham, who attended
the session. Bonham was to take the news of the meeting
to the president of the Consultation which was, they thought,
in session in Texas but which, because of a failure to get a
quorum, did not meet until November.
The committee appointed on the evening of October 20 pro-
ceeded to work at once. The members assembled the next day
2Georgian, October 31, 1835.
SThe committee was composed of the following: John R. Blocker, Charles
Lewis, C. B. Churchill, A. Dexter, John R. Reid, Colonel Horton, Isaiah
D. Fuller, Edward Murray, C. C. Langdon, A. B. Cammack, Colonel
Bonham, and Childers. See Mobile Daily Register and Patriot, October 19,
4Mobile Mercantile Advertiser, October 31, 1835.
5Mobile Commercial Register and Patriot, October 21, 1835. The com-
mittee was composed of Isaiah D. Fuller, Martin A. Lee, John R. Blocker,
F. McVoy, General Griffin, John Wood, Edward Murray, Dr. R. Lee Fearn,
John R. Reid, A. Dexter, David White, Jeremiah Austell, A. B. Cammack,
S. V. V. Schuyler, C. C. Langdon, John C. Megginson, C. Cullum, Charles
Lewis, B, L. Barnes, and Richard H. Redwood.
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