TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. X. JANUARY, 1907. No. 3.
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for views
expressed by contributors to THE QUARTERLY.
THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT OF TEXAS.
ERNEST WILLIAM WINKLER.
II. THE PERMANENT LOCATION OF THE SEAT OF
1. CHOOSING THE SITE.
(1) Probable Reasons for Dissatisfaction with the Location at
the City of Houston.
The inconvenience and discomforts suffered by the members of the
first congress at the adjourned session in the city of Houston, were,
perhaps, inevitable, springing as they did from the newness of the
location and the recent removal of the government to that place.
That these circumstances, however, did not allay but rather foment
the discontent occasioned by the selection of the city of Houston
is apparent. This dissatisfaction found expression in the progress
of the campaign for congressional office during the summer of 1837.
In the Telegraph for August 9, 1837, appeared a contribution,
signed "Many Voters" and dated "Houston, August 9, 1837," in
which the candidates of that district for seats in congress were
called upon to define their positions upon the "most prominent
measures upon which they . . . [would] probably be called to
act-the opening of the land office; the division of the county; the
location of the seat of government; and the policy of carrying on
an offensive war with Mexico."
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101040/. Accessed November 27, 2015.