The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 39
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
The "last year" refers, of course, to 1841. It is, of course, too
well known to require proof, that Lamar was the prime mover
and cause of the Santa 6 Expedition of 1841, and that he fur-
nished Col. McLeod with a proclamation to be given to the people
of Santa FP.1 It is also well known that he was the promoter of
the Yucatin alliance consummated in the months of July to Sep-
tember, 1841. Moore states in his pamphlet2 that this alliance
was originated and was carried out by Lamar in 1841. He did,
on account of ill health, for a time retire from the presidential
duties, but only for a time. His letter to Burnet implies also that
it was only temporary; for it reads thus:3 "Ill health has com-
pelled me to ask of the Honorable Congress permission to retire
from the discharge of official duty for the present." Bancroft
falls into the same error; he says:4 "The labors of office and the
animadversions to which he was exposed, induced Lamar to apply
to congress for permission to absent himself; and his request
being granted, during the last year of his term, the government
was administered by Vice-President Burnet"; and adds in a foot-
From Dec. 15, 1840 to Feb. 3, 1841, the acts of congress were
approved by David G. Burnet, after which date no signatures are
attached to the acts passed in the copy of The Laws of they Re-
public of Texas in my possession, only the word "approved" with
the date, being used.
This last statement, however, proves nothing, for in printing the
laws passed during Houston's administration from 1841 to 1844 his
signature never appears, though he did sign many of them. Those
which he signed are, as the secretary of state explains,5 simply
I have here devoted much space to proving that Lamar did act as
president in 1841, because the historians so plainly infer that he did
not, that the general reader and even the worker in Texas history
'Eugene C. Barker, in University of Texas Record, V, 159; Bancroft, IT,
2Moore, To the People of Texas, 29.
'Hobby, Life and Times of David G. Burnet, 23.
'Bancroft, II, 343.
"Gammel, Laws of Texas, II, 792.
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