The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 42
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42 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
and the two Whartons, stood ever conspicuously together as, firmly
united politically as they were socially.
In the Consultation, as it was called, which met at San Felipe de
Austin in November, 1835, and adjourned about a month after-
wards,- Edwi Waller and Jno. A. Wharton were two of the delegates
who represented the municipality of Columbia, and stood shoulder
to shoulder in opposing the measures of Sam Houston, then mem-
ber from Nacogdoches. In the first hours of the consultation, how-
ever, when Waller and others who had arrived found there was not
a quorum present, and while awaiting the arrival of the Northern
delegates, it was resolved by those present to, form themselves into
a military company, and to march westward to assist at the capture
of San Antonio, which was then in Mexican hands. This was
accordingly done, and the company, which Waller had joined, en-
rolled under Stephen F. Austin, who afterwards left the command
to Wm. B. Travis, familiarly known as Buck Travis, who, with a
small force, was then encamped on the Salado. While encamped
here the enemy sallied out and attacked Austin's little army, but
the sortie was handsomely repulsed, and so the warlike delegates had
the 'honor .of participating in the first battle fought in Western
.Texas, and .of returning to their legislative labors crowned with the
laurels of military conquerors. IThe .army stationed here felt the
necessity of some legislative action, and of the formation of some
government under whose flag to fight, and which should procure
for the troops the necessary supplies and munitions. 'Accordingly,
they assembled soon after this battle, and by vote decided that the
delegates should return to the Consultation. It is related as a
reminiscense of the day that but one man voted against the return
of the delegates-so greatly was felt the necessity of establishing a
.government-and that man was soundly thrashed by Frank Adams
for entertaining such an opinion. IThe delegates did return, met
there the delegates from Northern Texas, and formed the provis-
ional government. It is worthy of mote that all four of the dele-
gates from Columbia voted in the >Consultation for independence,
2The ,meeting ha.d been called for Ootober 15. The delegates, however,
did not assemble till the 16th, and -on the 17th, for want of a quorum, they
adjourned to November 1, when -the regular session began. The Consulta-
tion adjourned finally November 14.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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