James G. Fanning to Mirabeau B. Lamar, December 3, 1836

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James G. Fanning to Mirabeau B. Lamar, December 1836

Besides, they argue, no necessity exists for the measure, as


they consider Texas amply able to exterminate any force which


distracted Mexico may be able to send against her. Why, say


they, not remain an independent nation? You have ample


territory—your resources are boundless—your public domain is


unrivaled in beauty and unsurpassed in fertility—the internal


dissentions of the Mexican States will not permit them at


present to molest you—and after you have received the contem-


plated loan (of which no doubt is expressed by any one) you can


either carry the war into the country of the enemy, or maintain your


present standing army—and by the time the jarring factions


of Mexico shall have become so reconciled to allow them to


make a combined effort, you, on your own territory, without


the assistance of a large standing army, will be able to laugh


to scorn and bid defiance to the combined efforts of a myriad


of slaves. Many with whom I have spoken have expressed an


opinion, that in twelve months, the people of Texas will not suffer


their country to be merged in the great American Union.

From the opinions of the citisens [sic] of New Orleans on


the affairs of Texas, I am, if possible, more sanguine in the belief


that an enterprise of the nature contemplated, cannot fail of successes;


and only regret that my own means are inadequate to carry it into

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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.

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