The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928

THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY
VOL. XXXI JANUARY, 1928 No. 3
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contributors to THE QUARTERLY
FRAMING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF
TEXAS
RUPERT N. RICHARDSON
THE MEMBERS AND THEIR ORGANIZATION
In the Autumn and December of 1835 the Texas Colonists re-
volted and cleared the Anglo-American region of Mexican forces.
In accordance with an ordinance of the General Council enacted
December 11 and passed over the Governor's veto December 13,
183'5, elections were held on the first day of February, 1836,
and delegates were chosen to represent their respective districts
in a Plenary Convention for Texas, which was to convene March
1.: The constitution that was to be drawn up was not to be-
come operative until ratified by a majority of the voters.
Pursuant to these plans the Convention assembled at Wash-
ington on the Brazos and proceeded with the details of organiza-
tion. The purpose of this paper is to present a study of the
work of that body as it pertained to the forming of a constitu-
tion, together with some account of the history of that instru-
ment up to the time it became effective as the fundamental law
of the Republic of Texas.
"Proceedings of the General Council," Gammel, H. P. N., Laws of
T'emas (Austin, 1898), I, 650 ff. The Texans had held a consultation or
convention at San Felipe, November 3-14, 1835, and had created the Per-
manent Council or provisional government consisting of one representa-
tive from each municipality.
"Journals of the Convention of the Free, Sovereign and Independent
People of Texas in General Convention Assembled," Ibid., 1, 823 if. Here-
after referred to as "Journals of the Convention." A criticism and ex-
planation of sources is appended at the end of this article.

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