The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 47
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Reminiscences of Henry Smith. 47
Bustamenta [Bustamante] and instead of restoring the constitu-
tion had determined on centralism. Saltilo had declared in favor
of the plan and Monclova opposed or rather waived a declaration.
The State Congress sat at Monclova in the spring and the land
speculators taking advantage of the confusion went on prepared to
buy up the Congress to sell them land and pass such laws as they
might dictate all of which they effected without any great cost or
trouble,1 for money will do any thing with a Mexican, . . .
These things greatly incensed the Saltilians who, had got no share
of the booty and they determined to put down the Governor who
had shared some of the benefit, and united with a few military
troops they compelled him to desert the Capitol. All was then
entire confusion-the Ayuntamiento was immediately convened
and with all the pomp and parade imaginable declared the Execu-
tive chair vacant, and immediately proceeded, in conjunction with
a few military officers and a few bystanders, in all about fourteen
in number, to elect a new Governor for the State, and the individ-
ual elected was a military officer who was formally conducted to
the Executive chair under the ringing of bells and the roar of
artillery. The State of Coahuila and Texas then had one consti-
tutional Governor one military Governor and one factional Gov-
ernor all however resident in Coahuila. This really seemed like
confounding confusion itself.
The constitutional Governor being removed I ceased my corre-
spondence with the Executive Department until it again seemed
to be organized Constitutionally. About this time I wrote a piece
called Security for Texas which I herewith transmit marked A.'
It was hastily drawn up and thrown before the people under the
then reigning anarchy and confusion. I would remark here that
the convention had created a Central Committee at San Felipe
and Sub Committees in every jurisdiction as a means of dissemi-
nating information on any emergency as we were much scattered
and had no mails. When this piece was thrown into circulation
the Central Committee met in San Felipe, which however had un-
dergone many changes in its members since its first creation, oweing
'For an account of this land speculation, see THE QUARTEBLY, X, 76-05.
"Dated October 20, 1834, and printed in Brown, Life and Times of Henry
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