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ture of North Carolina; now '" a great character" in Texas. "Add
to these," the Editor goes on to say, "all the murderers, swindlers,
and horse-thieves, who have fled from the southern States for the
last ten years, and the list of Texian heroes will be complete !"
IRA INGRAM, late speaker of the Texian House of Representatives,
was " in 1812 or 1813, a school teacher, in the village
of Utica, where he committed a forgery, for which he was sentenced
to imprisonment in the State of New York." CHARLES
E. IHAKINS, late Commodore of the Texian Navy, was the same
individual who, some eight or ten years ago, committed a most
savage, cold-blooded, and deliberate murder, in Key, West Florida,
upon W. A. McREA, Esq., the talented, high-minded, and honourable
attorney, of the United States district." R. P. ROBINSON,
" the undoubted murderer of HELEN JEWETT, is an officer in the
Texian army." BAKER ," was once at the head of the State rights
party in Alabama. While a member of the Legislature, he committed
forgery, was thrown into prison, broke jail, fled to Texas,
and was a leading politician in the Republic." The gentlemen
who led the Kentucky Volunteers into Texas, in 1836, on their
return published a long account of their expedition, and in it, they
say :-" That the mass of the people, from the highest functionary
of their pretended Government to the humblest citizen, with
but few exceptions, are animated alone by a desire of plunder,
and appear totally indifferent whom they plunder, friends or
foes." They further state :-" We could but sicken and wonder
at the vile deceptions which had been practised upon us; yet,
we are told that this people have risen up in their might,
to vindicate the cause of civil and religious liberty. It is a
mockery of the very name of liberty. They are stimulated
by that motive, which such men can only appreciate, the hope
of plunder;" and they add, by way of caution to their countrymen:-"
We say listen not to the deceitful and hypocritical
allurements of LAND SPECULATORS, VwhO wish you to fight
fJr their benefit, and who are as liberal of their promises,
as they are faithless in performance." And what do these
Texian worthies say of each other? HENRY SMITH, the first
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Scoble, John. Texas, its claims to be recognised as an independent power by Great Britain : examined in a series of letters, book, 1839; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6108/m1/56/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .