The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 260
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Convention met March 1, 1836, at Washington, in accord-
ance with the ordinance passed by the General Council on Decem-
ber 11, 1835. Richard Ellis was elected president, and H. S.
The convention was so busy declaring Texas Independence, fram-
ing a constitution for the new republic, and reorganizing the army
for its protection, that very little was done in regard to the
Indians. However, a resolution was passed on March 3, providing
for a regiment of rangers to be raised.111 Severals days later in-
formation was received that a large force of Indians had gathered
just above the San Antonio road, and a resolution was adopted
authorizing Captain Black and Captain Bennett to raise a com-
pany of volunteers, not exceeding fifty men, to. disperse the Indians
and proceed to Bexar. This resolution was, however, reconsidered
on March 10.11,
The Committee on the Constitution reported March 9, and from
that time until the Convention closed, the principal subjects of
discussion concerned the provisions for the new government. Be-
fore adjourning the Convention established a government ad
interim, to direct the affairs of the Republic, until the Constitution
could be ratified by the people, and the officers elected. The offi-
cers elected by the Convention to serve under the ad interim
government were: David G. Burnet, President; Lorenzo de
Zavala, Vice-President; Colonel Samuel P. Carson, Secretary of
State; Bailey Hardeman, Secretary of Treasury; Colonel Thomas
J. Rusk, Secretary of War; Robert Potter, Secretary of Navy;
and David Thomas, Attorney General.s13 The Convention having
finished its work, adjourned March 1 7, 1836. The affairs of Texas
were now in the hands of the ad interim government, and the
Indian policy it adopted will be discussed in the next chapter.
1.Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, 840.
1121bid., I, 858.
1Johnson, .Texas and Texans, I, 395-396.
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