The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 291
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the majority will be still more overwhelming. We are in favor of a
Southern Confederacy and have appointed seven Commissioners to
the Montgomery Convention, Wigfall, Hemphill and Reagan, who
you know from character if not personally, are three of the delega-
tion, and the balance are able and trustworthy.
You did right in seizing Fort Pulaski-my heart swelled with proud
emotion when I learned that you had taken the responsibility. 01
that Texas had been favored with a Governor that would have done
likewise. Our Convention will reassemble on the 2d proximo, and
very soon thereafter, similar measures will be taken here. We are
hoping that Gov. Houston will resign but if he does not, decisive
measures will be adopted. We regard Genl. Twiggs as a true patriot,
therefore our people are resting quiet in the hope that all will be
well. Besides we think that the quasi Federal Union will have enough
to do nearer home. You are aware of the fact that Genl. Twiggs is the
officer in command here and his head quarters are at San Antonio
eighty miles westward of Austin. We have an extended frontier El
Passo [sic] being eight hundred miles from Austin the Capitol of the
State, and located with regard to the centrality, though not exactly
at the geographical centre. I make this remark with the intent of
giving you an idea of the area we have to defend from the hostile
invasions of savage foes, as well as our restless neighbors beyond the
In conclusion permit me to repeat the tender of my grateful thanks
for your kindness in this particular case, together with my approval
of your decision not to refer it to the Legislature. At your convenience
do let me hear from you.
Yours Most Truly
John D. Stell
Hon. Ex. Joseph E. Brown
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