The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 59
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Reminiscences of Henry Smith.
any other views to this House, than indignation at language so re-
pulsive to every moral feeling of an honorable man, and astonish-
ment that this community could have been so miserably deceived
in selecting for the high office of Governor a man whose language
and conduct prove his early habits of association to have been
vulgar and depraved, and his present disposition that of a disor-
ganizer and tyrant; that they repel the infamous charges prefered
against this Council, and its members, as false and untrue in
every part, and contemn the style and language as low black-
guardly, and vindictive, and in every way unworthy of, and dis-
graceful to the officer whence it emanated, and as an outrageous
libel on the body to whom it is addressed; and therefore advise the
return of the paper with the following resolutions:
1 Resolved, that the members of the Genl Council are the im-
mediate representatives of the sovereign people, and are charged
with the safety of the country and amenable only to the people for
the faithful discharge of their duties.
2 Resolved, That each member individually, and as a body
collectively, will sustain at all hazards, the dignity of this Govt.
and the rights of the good citizens of Texas whom they have the
honor to represent.
3. Resolved that Henry Smith Governor of the Provisional
Government of Texas, be ordered forthwith to cease the functions
of his office, and be held to answer to the Genl. Council upon cer-
tain charges and specifications, prepared against him, agreeably
to the provisions of the 4 section of the Federal Constitution of
Mexico of 1824, and the 11 article of the organic law of the Pro-
visional Govt of Texas as adopted in Convention on the 13 Novr.
A D 1835, and that a copy of the said charges and specifications
be furnished to the Govr. Henry Smith within twenty four hours
from this time.
f 4 Resolved that the secretary of the Executive be forthwith
notified of these resolutions, and that he be held responsible to the
Genl Council of the Provisional Government of Texas, for every
and all records, documents and archives of his office.
5 Resolved. That the Treasurer, Commanding Genl. foreign
agents, and all other officers of this Govt., be notified of the sus-
pension of HIIenry Smith, of the powers and functions of Governor,
by the representatives of the people of Texas in Gen]. Council as-
sembled; and that they and every of them, hold themselves respec-
tively subject to the orders and directions of the Lielutenant Govr.
and to the Genl. Council aforesaid.
6 Resolved. That a committee be appointed to draft an ad-
dress to the people of Texas, setting forth the circumstances and
reasons which compell their representatives in Genl. Council.
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