James G. Fanning to Mirabeau B. Lamar, December 3, 1836
Saturday, Dec. 3, 1836
Previous to leaving Columbia, I addressed a
note to you, containing my reasons for so doing. We arrived
at New Orleans on the 27th Nov. after a passage of four days.
The affairs of Texas, though still an object of
interest here, do not excite that enthusiasm with which they
were formerly contemplated. It appears as though old Uncle
Sam after relieving the immediate distress of one of his children,
now stands with his hands thrust into his pockets to the elbows,
calmly and attentively surveying the position of the infant
Republic. My own opinion as to the course he will pursue is
formed, and time must determine whether it be correct. The
independence of Texas will be recognized immediately; but a for-
ceful effort will be made, and will prevent its immediate
annexation. Many of the Southern people are opposed to the
measure, as they consider it an unwarrantable interference with
the affairs of Mexico, openly to take under their protection her
refractory daughter—and the states of the North cherish a still
stronger feeling against the measure, as it consequently lessens
their own form by throwing into the Union another slave state.
James G. Fanning to Mirabeau B. Lamar, December 3, 1836. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #499, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.