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tution of 1832.3 For years Quitman had been the leading spirit
of the nullification movement in Mississippi.4 He was, in 1835,
a member of the Mississippi state senate, having been elected to
represent Adams County.
As if those activities and interests were not enough to occupy
his entire attention, Quitman watched the momentous develop-
ments in Texas. During the latter part of i835, an increasing flow
of volunteers from the United States went west to aid the Texans
who were "struggling for their violated rights." Quitman also
had considered going to Texas; apparently family responsibilities
alone had kept him from doing so. As the situation became more
critical for the Texans, the excitement, particularly in the South,
generally grew more intense. Sympathetic public meetings, ap-
pointment of committees to collect contributions, and the de-
parture of volunteers for Texas became common occurrences.6
Quitman presided over a public meeting of Texan sympathizers
in October, 1835, in Natchez, a city that already had a reputation
for its expansionist and filibustering movements. The meeting
adopted resolutions alluding to the struggles for liberty in the
United States, Poland, and Greece and expressing sympathy for
the Texans in the contest in which they were engaged. A com-
mittee was named for the purpose of furthering the cause of the
Texans.7 Another Natchez gesture was the "Benefit for the Pa-
triots of Texas," the play "Damon and Pythias," which was given
on December 16, 1835. Some Texas volunteers were present in
3Mississippi Free Trader (Natchez) August 11, 1849; New York Weekly Her-
ald, July 24, 1858; James D. Lynch, The Bench and Bar of Mississippi (New
York, 1881), 155-156; Dunbar Rowland, The Oficial and Statistical Register of
the State of Mississippi, Igo8 (Nashville), 136.
4Mississippi Free Trader, October 18, 22, 25, 1836; Henry Stuart Foote, Casket
of Reminiscences (Washington, 1874), 348-349; Cleo Hearon, "Nullification in
Mississippi," Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society, XII (1912), 43,
46-47, 55-68; Claiborne, Quitman, I, 1o8, 111.
5Lynch, Bench and Bar of Mississippi, 156; Rowland, Mississippi Register, z9o8,
6Mississippi Free Trader, May 20o, 1848, August 15, 1849; New York Weekly
Herald, July 24, 1858; Reuben Davis, Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians
(New York, 1889), 79-80; James E. Winston, "Mississippi and the Independence of
Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XXI (1917), 36-45.
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