The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 36
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The Southwestern Iistorical Quarterly
authority, and it was estimated that at least five thousand men
were ready to volunteer for the undertaking."6
The legislature spent the first two weeks of the session in a gen-
eral discussion, but on August 26, Webster's letter of August 5 to
Governor Bell arrived in Austin, and was immediately submitted
to both houses.1'" Action began at once. On the same day the
senate took up a bill to provide for organizing the militia of Texas,
and requiring the governor to, call into the service of the state
three thousand mounted volunteers, for the purpose of suppress-
ing the insurrection in the counties of Worth and Santa F4.38
Other bills were also introduced, providing the necessary funds,
by setting aside special amounts from the school fund of the state;
by levying a special tax upon the assessments of that year; and
by allowing the use of the proceeds which might arise from the
sale of lots to be placed at the disposal of the government in the
city of Austin.'39 News was also received at the same time that
Congress seemed likely to reach a decision soon,140 and on the
following day an effort was made to add to the bill authorizing
the raising of a military force, a clause providng that if the United
States government should make a proposition to Texas, before
January 1, 1851, for the purchase of any portion of the territory
of the state, including the whole, or any part, of the counties of
Worth and Santa F-, the governor should submit this proposition
to the voters of the state for their rejection or acceptance. In case
of their acceptance, the legislature was to be convened to confirm
the sale; in case of their rejection, the governor was to proceed to
call together the troops.4' This was finally passed as a separate
bill, and was vetoed by Bell for technical reasons. The legislature
then adjourned on September 6, without taking any other defi-
nite action upon the question, much to the disappointment of a
large proportion of the people of the state.142 This left nothing
for the Texans, themselves, but to follow the example of the New
laAustin State Gazette, August 24, and 31, 1850.
"TSenate Journal, 3rd Legislature, 2nd sess., 36.
18'Ibid., 48-50. These bills followed the suggestions made by Bell in his
message of August 13.
14Austin State Gazette, August 31, 1850.
141Senate Journal, 3rd Legislature, 2nd sess., 56.
"'4Austin State Gazette, September 7, 1850.
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