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[56] and Wm. B. Wright. Governor Clark, in his retiring message, November 1st, stated that he had failed to borrow money, and that his plan of raising troops met with very limited success, partly for the want of adequate means, and partly from the reluctance of the people to enter the camps of instruction to prepare for the infantry service; that a Confederate military officer had been sent to the State, by whom some troops that had been raised (not naming them) had at once been received into the Confederate service, and the State thereby relieved from further charge of them; that for the defense of the northern border, Col. W. C. Young had been authorized to raise a cavalry regiment; that the heavy guns that had been surrendered at Fort Clark had been conveyed to the coast; that he had appointed in compliance with law brigadier-generals in thirty-two districts to organize the militia; and that from estimates furnished by the county judges there are 100,000 men able to bear arms and 40,--000 private arms in the hands of the people; that Col. Ben McCulloch, as agent for the State, had purchased 1,000 Colt's revolvers that had been of great service in arming the regiments raised by the convention; that in view of the blockade of our ports and the scarcity of supplies he recommended that all suitable manufactured goods at the penitentiary should be bought by the State for the army; that the arms and ammunition that could be obtained have been purchased, and the flint-lock guns have been converted to percussion-lock guns; that ‘notwithstanding our want of adequate means and insufficient laws, there are now battling for our liberties 20,000 Texans.’ The correctness of this estimate is not to be verified by any records in the offices of the State executive officers, but must be explained by showing how they enlisted.

The reasons why Governor Clark could do so little in the way of raising troops for the Confederate army were: First, the habitual disposition of the people, as is the case

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