The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 27
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The Texas Convention of 1845
Your proclamation was received here, and everywhere I can
hear from, with the utmost enthusiasm. It has at once satisfied
your numerous friends. . . . The basis may not suit some
as well as that Congress would have established, but nevertheless
it is founded upon the basis of eternal justice; it suits two-thirds
of the people, and will not be attacked . . .
In his endorsement of this letter, Jones said: "Mr. Kaufman
is as ardent and as intelligent a friend of annexation as there is
in Texas or in the United States. If he is perfectly satisfied with
my course, I think I must be right." Furthermore, the Presi-
dent's course was very satisfactory to a large majority of the
friends of annexation not only because the basis was considered
"just and equitable," but, also, because it would accelerate the
meeting of the convention by at least two months, and would thus
give ample time for deliberation and action, which could not
safely be taken if the convention had not met until called by
Congress. Time for deliberation was imperative, for the joint
resolution required, as we have seen, that the state constitution
should be adopted by the people and should be transmitted to the
President of the United States in time for him to present it to
Congress on or before January 1, 1846.
During the month of May, almost every county in the Republic
held public demonstrations endorsing the action of President Jones
in calling the convention. The mass meeting held at Brenham,
May 12, is one of the many instances in which the people publicly
expressed a desire to consummate annexation speedily on the basis
of the American proposal. At this meeting the people expressed
their approval of the President's proclamation, instructed their
senators and representatives to accept the joint resolution as soon
as possible after Congress had assembled, urged all the counties
to elect delegates to the convention on June 4, and appointed a
committee of five to assist in carrying out the measure of annex-
ation by corresponding with other committees in the Republic.4
Despite the fact, however, that the people had expressed so en-
thusiastically their preference for annexation, on May 14 a public
meeting at Bastrop condemned the President for calling the con-
'Kaufman to Jones, May 22, 1845. Jones, Memoranda and Official Cor-
respondence of the Republic of Tewas, 464-465.
4Tewas National Register (Washington), May 15, 1845.
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