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We might multiply facts in support of each proposition here laid
down, to show the miserable condition of things in Texas, and the
utter impossibility that a man of honor could embark in such a cause
with such men. Should it be rendered necessary, we may yet do so;
but for the present we will pause with this remark, that if there be any,
now, in Kentucky, whose hearts are animated with the desire of an
honorable fame, or to secure a competent settlement for themselves or
families, they must look to some other theatre than the plains of Texas.
We would say to them, Listen not to the deceitful and hypocritical
allurements of LAND SPECULATORS, who wish you to fight for their
benefit, and who are as liberal of promises as they are faithless in perform-
ance. We are aware of the responsibility which we incur by this
course. We are aware that we subject ourselves to the misrepresen-
tations of hired agents and unprincipled landmongers; but we are
willing to meet it all, relying upon the integrity of our motives and the
correctness of our course.
EDWARD J. WILSON,
G. L. POSTLETHWAITE.
Lexington, Sept. 10, 1836.
Extract from General Houston's letter to General Dunlap of Nash-
"For a portion of this force we must look to the United States. It
cannot reach us too soon. There is but one feeling in Texas, in my
opinion, and that is to establish the independence of Texas, and to be
attached to the United States."
Here, then, is an open avowal by the commander-in-chief of the
Texian army, that American troops will be required to seize and sever
this province of the Mexican republic, for the purpose of uniting it to
ours; and this avowal is made by a distinguished American citizen,
in the very face of that glorious constitution of his country, which wisely
gives no power to its citizens for acquiring foreign territory by conquest,
their own territory being more than amply sufficient to gratify any safe
ambition; and in the face, too, of the following solemn and sacred
contract of his country with the sister republic which he would dis-
'" There shall be a firm, inviolable, and universal peace, and a true
and sincere friendship between the United States of America, and the
United Mexican States, in all the extent of their possessions and terri-
tories, between their people and citizens respectively, without distinction
of persons or places."
In the earlier days of our republic, when a highl-minded and honor-
able fidelity to its constitution was an object proudly paramount to
every mercenary consideration that might contravene it, an avowed
design of this kind against the possessions of a nation with whom the
United States were at peace, wonld have subjected its author, if a
citizen, to the charge of high treason, and to its consequences. When
Aaron Burr and his associates were supposed to meditate the conquest
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Anti-Texass Legion. Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations, book, January 1, 1845; Albany. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2356/m1/14/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .