The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 28
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vention, and on June 19, the anti-annexationists met at Crockett
and agreed to use all honorable means in their power "to perpetuate
inviolate the independent national existence of the Republic of
Heretofore, the middle and eastern counties had been the bit-
terest opponents of the President, but in the calling of the con-
vention they gave him their unanimous support, as their main
object was to secure annexation with as much unanimity and as
little delay as was practicable, and they believed that this act set-
tled annexation so far as it rested with the people of Texas. An-
other reason for endorsing the President's action was that they
considered a united cooperation of the people with the executive
and legislative branches as the only possible means of effecting
annexation, since the whole proceeding was extra-constitutional,
and since it was only by the consent of the government then exist-
ing that any steps taken for effecting an organic change in the
laws could become valid. Regardless of this fact, however, some
of the anti-party men still desired to overthrow the Jones admin-
istration. In consequence of this, the Texas National Register
urged the opponents of the President to "abstain from any vio-
lent and irregular proceedings, and not to attempt to disorganize
the present Government," as they had threatened to do. On the
day appointed by the President, every county in the Republic held
the elections, which were generally characterized by good order
and harmony, but which in a few instances ended in most shame-
ful rows. At La Grange several men were seen "rolling in the
dirt, scratching and tearing each other's clothes and faces," and
this scene was followed by a duel, which resulted in the death of
the late sheriff of the county." Since the people considered that
their dearest interests would be in jeopardy in the convention, they
elected their most experienced and ablest champions to represent
them in the new political arena, but only two of the delegates
chosen were native Texans. The others were former citizens of
the United States, a majority of whom had come to Texas during
the era of the Republic.7
'Texas National Register (Washington), June 26, 1845.
OTexas National Register (Washington), June 11, 1845.
'Elliott to Aberdeen, August 22, 1845. SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY, XX, 302.
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