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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