The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 34
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34 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Texas in the United States Congress; from Ohio, Governor Robin-
son and General Sydney Sherman; from Indiana, John Rice Jones,
postmaster general; from Illinois, M. B. Menard; while from
Great Britain and Germany there were Cameron, Ward, Linn,
Erath, and numerous others prominent both in civil and military
The leading Mexicans in Texas were also in full sympathy with
the revolution, Navarro and Seguin being among the most prom-
inent. The latter commanded a company at San Jacinto which
responded with enthusiasm to the battle cry "Remember the
The constitution of the Republic of Texas is a model of its kind,
and it is said that Daniel Webster characterized it as having no
superior, and no equal save the constitution of the United States.
Imprisonment for debt was abolished fifteen years in advance of
any legislation by the United States Congress in that direction.
A homestead law was enacted, which has been the model for all the
States of the Union to pattern after. In property rights the wife
was made equal with the husband, and many other laws may be
cited as showing advanced and enlightened statesmanship.
The first efforts of the people in 1832 and 1833 to secure sep-
arate statehood have been grossly misrepresented.' The political
machinery of the dual State of Coahuila and Texas was wholly
unsuited to a republican form of government. So late as 1834,
there were but two representatives in the congress of that State
from Texas, pretending to represent a population scattered over
200,000 square miles of area, and widely diverse in race, education,
and political traditions. There were Mexicans at Nacogdoches,
San Antonio, and Goliad; Irish at Refugio and San Patricio; and
Americans in the central, southern, and eastern portions of what
'Von Holst (Vol. II, p. 562), giving J. Q. Adams as his authority, after
saying that "the next aim of the conspirators was the separation of Coa-
huila and constituting Texas a separate State," said that the design of the
colonists "to declare their independence in a convention on the 1st of April,
1833," was known to Jackson. The facts were that the convention of 1832
adjourned with the understanding that another would be held in 1833, not
to declare independence from Mexico, but to secure a separate existence as
a Mexican State. This was well known both in the United States and
Texas, and not a secret understanding between Jackson and the so-called
Texas conspirators, as Mr. Adams tried to show.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902, periodical, 1902; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101021/m1/40/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.