The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 54
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
that a man means well to his country-it is not enough that in his
single person he never did an evil act, but always acted according
to his consicence, and even harangued against every design which
he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country.
This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon
a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the
mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires, that what
is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent, that
what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the
public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty
with effect, it is an omition that frustrates the purposes of his
trust, almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is
surely no very rational account of a mans life, that he has allways
acted right, but has taken special care to act in such a manner,
that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any conse-
quence. Where duty renders a critical situation a necessary one,
it is our business, if possible, to keep free from the evils attendant
upon it; and not to fly from the situation itself. I did not, nor
could I, be driven from the situation assigned to me, but kept my
post and redoubled my dilligence and kept the faction at bay until
the convention met, when I formally entered my protest marked
I will remark here that the Mexican Governor which the
speculators had been so anxious to get on to Texas, and who had
been thrown into a foreign calaboose, had by some means or other
escaped and shortly after my inauguration made his appearance at
San Felipe, with his secretary, confessor, and escorted by a Colonel
and full company of cavalry well equipped. The speculating fac-
tion hailed him as Governor, and they used every means to put
him in possession of the Executive chair. He was notified how-
ever, that notwithstanding he had been the Constitutional Gov-
[erno]r of the State of Coahuila and Texas, that he had been un-
able to sustain himself in the Gubernatorial chair and that he
could not now be recognized as the Govr. of Texas. The party
found they could not succeed and his Excellency retired. Much
might be said on this subject, but it would only serve to disgust
and sicken the mind, at the base and unprincipled conduct of the
'See Appendix II, pp. 58-73.
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