The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 79
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Stephen F. Austin's Oration of July 4, 18z8
menced, already are the banners of freedom unfurled in the south.
Despotism totters, liberty expands her pinions, and in a few years
more will rescue Spanish America from the dominion of tyranny.
At this point the mutilation occurs, and one can only conjecture
how Austin closed his speech. Some day perhaps an undamaged copy
of the July 24, 1818, issue of the Gazette will materialize and the
hiatus may then be filled.
It is known from an account of a week later in the Gazettel" that,
when Austin had concluded, "the ladies then withdrew, and John
Rice Jones, Esq.,18 being appointed president, and Samuel Perry"9
vice-president, the company sat down to a sumptuous dinner prepared
by William Ficklin.20 The cloth then being removed, the following
toasts were drunk ...." The account then lists the eighteen toasts:
to the Fourth of July, George Washington, the United States, Com-
merce, Arts and Sciences, Canal and Internal Navigation, Naval
Heroes, the Twenty Stars, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson,
Captain James Lawrence, Jackson, Madison, Monroe, the Territory
of Missouri, Washington County, and the American Fair-a gal-
lant way of referring to the ladies.
the project in i8ig. ..." Stephen F.'s Potosi speech may be some indication that
the two discussed Texas as early as 1818.
17July 31, 1818, p. 3.
18Moses Austin's partner at Potosi.
1Probably a relative of James F. Perry, Stephen F. Austin's brother-in-law.
zoKeeper of the Potosi Hotel.
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