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IN.DIA'N WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXA,S.
produced great confusion and dissatisfaction in
that country, particularly to those (and there were
many within my knowledge) who had prepared and
determined to emigrate to Texas, from " the dark
and bloody ground " of our existence, and when
to every rational mind it was supposed the war
would be prosecuted with vigor.
"But in a short time after the proclamation,'last
alluded to, otlier threatened invasions by the Mexicans
became imminent, and produced another
proclamation calling on the generous and sympathizing
of the world to come to the aid of suffering
Texas, but then it was too late in the season, as the
people of the North were afraid to come South until
"General Chambers made and was still making,
preparations to bring on a fine band of gallant
emigrants (in addition to those already in this
country), who were to start in a short time after
Messrs. Wilson and Postlethwaite's return from
" I tliink their slanderous publications destroye(d
all these efforts and for a time turned the tide of feeling
against Texas. On the first of September, I left
Louisville on my way home, but unfortunately was
taken sick on the river, and after I reached Natchez
was confined for near a month. After my recovery
I had some private business which detained me
for a short time, and news of an unfavorable character
after that was concluded, I proceeded homewards,
and arrived at this place on the eighth of
' The last service I did for the cause of Texas
was in Natchez, when I aided the quarter-master
general, at his request, in selling land scrip, and(
assisted in obtaining some fifty thousand dollars for
tlhe government to purchase provisions for the army;
and that of refuting the pamphlet publication containing
the calumnies against Texas of Messrs.
Wilson and Postlethwaite. I had the pleasure of seeing
before I left the United States, that tle highest
friendly feeling was again up for Texas and perfect
confidence was displayed throughout that country,
on the receipt of the news of the election of the
hero of San Jacinto to the presi(lency, and the
appointment of his able Cabinet, and the policies of
" The present Congress I contracted no debt for,
or on account of this government, nor made it responsible
for one thing.
"The foregoing services herein related I performed
at my own expense, an(l free of cllarge to
the government in any manner whatever.
" By my absence I left exposed and unprotectedi
all my property and effects on earth; also my office,
papers and books of all kinds (professional and
private), which were all (lestroye(i and thereby
leaving me damaged, with others (and worse than
they, for most of them saved their papers at least),
to a large amount of property and effects, and worse
than all, subjected to incalculable difficulties and
confusion, by the loss of my books and papers.
"The foregoing is faithfully submitted to your
Excellency and a candid world, to show the dause
of my absence from the country at a time when I
should liave rejoiced to have marched witli your
Excellency an(d all my countrymen in arms, and
perllaps gained some of the brilliant honors by
many achieved, or died with the immortal slain.
And the same is submitted to account for the delays
and (lisappointments before explained.
"In the foregoing report I have d(ischarged a
conscientious duty, in giving a plain and candid
expose, but not as full as I would have given had
it been required or compatible with official obligation,
and of this I slIall content myself as in all
other matters of my life with a quiet and approving
conscience, knowing that I have faithfully and
honorably discharged my duty to my country.
" I have the honor to be, with high regard,
"Your obedient and humble servant,
t"I. R. LEWIS.
"Columbia, December 12th, 1836."
"I'. S. For the high and generous feeling of
kindness and sympathy, which I found lprevailing
in Kentucky for our cause, the highest credit is due
our distinguished fellow-citizens, Gen. S. F. Austin
anld )r. B. T. Archer, two of our first commissioners,
but a slhort time previously had passed through
that country on their way East and who, by their
zealous and able efforts, had prepared the public
mind in the happiest manner to respond promptly
and generously to any call wlich might be made in
behalf of Texas, and ma(le my efforts more profitable
than I could have otherwise anticipated.
"In New York I had the pleasure of meeting one
of the last commissioners sent out by President
Burnet, viz., our distinguished and worthy fellowcitizen,
James Collinsworth, just as I was on the
eve of leaving that city."
Col. I,ewis also served as a volunteer in the campaign
of 1842 against the invasion by Woll of
After the overthrow of Mexican rule in Texas,
Col. Lewis busied himself with his profession,
practicing principally in the counties of Matagorda,
Brazoria, Foi t Bend and Wharton, until he acquired
consid rable property, when he retired from the
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