The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 72
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
to their designs. had I prefered personal comfort, and official ease,
to the performance of my arduous duties, I should have ceased to
molest them. In the History of conquerors, and usurpers, never
in the fire of Youth, nor in the vigor of manhood, could I find
an attraction to lure me from the path of duty; and now I shall
scarcely find an inducement, to commence their career of ambi-
tion, when with grey hairs I am traveling the down hill of life,
deprived of all conjugal participation and enjoyment instead of
inviting to toil and battle, call me to the contemplation of other
worlds, where conquerors cease to be honored, and usurpers ex-
piate their crimes. The only ambition I can feel is to acquit my-
self to Him, to whom I must soon render an account of my stew-
ardship-to serve my fellowmen,-and live respected and honored,
in the History of my country.
No; the ambition which leads me on, is an anxious desire, and
a fixed determination, to promote the honest interests of the coun-
try, and to return to the people, unimpaired, the sacred trust
they have confided to my charge-to heal the wounds which have
been inflicted on the organic law, and Republican principles, and
preserve them from further violation; to pursuade my country-
men so far as I may, that it is not in a splendid Government, sup-
ported by powerful monopolies and aristocratical establishments,
that they will find happiness, or their liberties protection; but in
a plain system, void of pomp- protecting all, and granting favors
to none-"dispensing its blessings like the dews of Heaven, un-
seen and unfelt, save in the freshness and beauty they contribute to
produce." It is such a Government that the genius of our people
requires-such an one only under which Texas may remain for ages
to come, united, prosperous, and free. If the Almighty Being
who has hitherto sustained and protected me will but vouchsafe to
make my feeble powers instrumental to such a result, I shall antic-
ipate with pleasure, as the first Governor of Texas, the place to be
assigned me in the History of my adopted country, and die con-
tented with the belief, that I have contributed, in some small de-
gree, to promote and sustain Texian Liberty.
To the end that the resolutions, and proceedings of the Council,
may not be hereafter drawn into precedent, with the authority of
silent acquiescence on the part of the Executive Department; and
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