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la concert with Tennessee. Without the unanimous approval of
these great States, the convention would he not only powerless,
hut would become even an object of ridicule. *
ft was evident that Texas was not ready to become part of that ridicule
as scarcely a twentieth of the voters were in favor of sending delegates.
Typical of the turnout was the vote is Houston where only seven voted
for the convention and 165 against it.
With the hoarder and southwestern states either against the con-
vention or at least sot interested in participating, it was up to the
lower South to carry the burden in a fight for minority rights. In
Mississippi, twelve delegates had been selected at the October meeting
in Jackson, and pro-convention feeling remained steadfast among the
people and the party leaders. Governor John A, Quitman declared in
his inaugural address feat he regarded the subject as ©a© which must he
met calmly, deliberately, and boldly, for the South had too long sub-
mitted to grievous wrongs. "The people of Mississippi have taken
their stand, and, I doubt not, their representatives will maintain it by
providing means to meet every probably contingency. " Senator Foot®
reaffirmed Quitman's belief and further stated that "more than ninety-
nine hundredths of all parties in Mississippi recognise the expediency
of this measure, and will sustain the eiepected convention." In addition
^Democratic Telegraph and Texas Register, Match 14, 1850.
17Ibid., January SI, IS50} February 28, 1S50.
^Claiborne, p. 24.
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/58/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .