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Mirabeau Lamar address on frontier defense, February 28, 1839

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Lamar's address on the protection of the frontier, February 1839

country or humanity has drawn upon your
chivalry and virtue; and the promptness
with which every appeal has heretofore been
responded to, is an ample guarantee that
the present one, in behalf of a bleeding peo-
ple, will not be neglected  and despised. Your
aid, however, to be effectual, must be
speedily received. The Government is
doing all which its limited means can
accomplish, for the permanent protection
of its entire frontier; but time is necessary
to perfect its plans; and time is bringing
that destruction which it is our object to
avert. The emergency is pressing. Delay
is death. Then let the chivalry of Texas
shew itself. Three hundred volunteers are
wanted in the field immediately—men who
are not only ready to fight but who are wil-
ling to encounter toil, fatigue and privations,
and whose energies and public devotions will
supply the deficiencies resulting from the
present condition of our public finances.  

            The requisitions are expected
to be met by those counties which have no
frontier of their own to protect. To carry
out the plan of defence [sic], it will be neces-
sary for the county of Harrisburg to furnish
two companies; the county of Brazoria, one;
the counties of Matagorda and Colorado, one;
Austin and Fort Bend, one; and the counties
of Liberty and Galveston one. These men

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Mirabeau Lamar address on frontier defense, February 28, 1839. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #361, pages 118-121, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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