The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 156
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ment with each course in turn; and the revolution falls thus into
two phases-first, an effort to restore the "republican principles"
of the constitution which Santa Anna had overthrown; secondly,
a struggle for independence. Some emphasis has been laid upon
the conscientiousness of the Texan colonists during the first period
in adhering to their obligations to Mexico and the reluctance with
which they finally threw off allegiance to their adopted country.
It is no doubt true that, rather than engage in a war whose issue
was at best doubtful, the majority of the colonists would have
preferred to continue the old relationship with Mexico under the
constitution, if peace might thereby have been restored. But in
tracing the relations between Texas and the United States at this
time, one is forced to question whether the Texan leaders were as
sincere during the first months of the revolution in their loyalty
to the constitution of 1824 as they were later on in the acknowl-
edged war for independence; whether more confidence either in
their own strength or in help from without might not have led
earlier to an unqualified declaration of independence. In the fall
of 1835, however, they felt that help from some quarter must be
forthcoming-that alone they were incapable of resisting the forces
that had already suppressed similar uprisings in other provinces
The Consultation at San Felipe, which was called partly for the
purpose of determining what course to pursue, decided, November
6, against a declaration of independence by a vote of thirty-three to
fifteen. On the next day a report defining the position in which
Texas stood was brought in by a committee appointed for the pur-
pose, and unanimously adopted. It stated that:
Whereas, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and other
military chieftains, have, by force of arms, overthrown the federal
institutions of Mexico, and dissolved the social compact which ex-
isted between Texas and the other members of the Mexican con-
federacy; now the good people of Texas, availing themselves of
their natural rights,
1st. That they have taken up arms in defence of their rights
and liberties, which were threatened by the encroachments of mil-
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