The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 50
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
tation at a point and time designated.1 To not be disappointed
we despatched at our own expense confidential agents to every
jurisdiction in Texas, and our plan was concurred in by all of the
jurisdictions. During this time Genl. Cos had entered Texas with
his army and taken post at Bexar, and before the consultation met
we had an army in the field and Bexar was besieged. The con-
sultation met passed many decrees necessary to the sustentation
of the army-closed the land offices, which had become corrupt,
decreed that a Convention should be called with powers to form
a constitution, and created a provisional Government to act in the
interim in conformity with the organic law which was adopted.
I was elected Governor of the provisional Government. There
was also a Lieutenant Governor and a Legislative Council, and
Genl. Sam Houston was at the same time elected commander in
chief of the army. The reduction of Goliad and Bexar and the
circumstances connected with it are known to you and need not
The provisional Government went on harmoniously until the
Mexican troops were driven out of Texas.
The speculating faction found me as their evil genius still in
their way, and things had now become sufficiently quiet for them to
commence their operations in some way or other, and allways in
the habit of controlling the authorities to suit their purposes, and
having bribed the congress the year before, determined to controll
the provisional Government to suit their own unprincipled and
corrupt purposes. They had conspired against the commander in
chief and determined to have the army headed by a man to suit
their own purposes. There was nothing of patriotism in the way,
it was all sordid self interest. They had collected themselves into
a mob, that is, their minions, subs, and understrappers, and threat-
ened to mob the Council, until by degrees the members vacated
their seats until they had not a lawful quorum. this was what
they wanted a bare quorum and no more. they had no wish to
break up the Council entirely, for they wanted to use them. There
was unfortunately but few practical men at that time in the body,
.The resolutions and address are printed in Publocations of the Southern
History Association, VII, 200-206.
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