The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 29
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The Texas Convention of 1845
Congress expressed its approval of the convention by passing
the following act, June 23, 1845:
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre-
sentatives of the Republic of Texas in Congress assembled, That
the members of the Convention, assembled by the President for
the purpose of framing a constitution preparatory to the admis-
sion of Texas into the Union, be, and they are hereby entitled to
the same pay and mileage as the members of Congress are now
entitled to by law, and such officers as the Convention may deem
necessary to elect shall be entitled to the same pay as similar
officers of the House of Representatives.
Section 2. Be it further enacted, That the members of said
Convention shall be entitled to franking privileges and all other
privileges secured by the members of Congress.
Section 3. Be it further enacted, That a sufficient amount of
money is hereby appropriated to pay the expenses above contem-
plated and such necessary contingent expenditures as may be voted
by said Convention, which amount shall be paid by the Treasurer,
on the joint warrant of the President and the Secretary of the
The convention had been called to meet at Austin, July 4, 1845,
but as a majority of the delegates elect were in the city before the
appointed time, an informal meeting was held in the afternoon
of July 3. After some discussion, Thomas J. Rusk,9 acting as
chairman of the meeting, appointed a committee of fifteen to draft
an "ordinance expressive of the consent of the people of Texas to
the terms, conditions, and guarantees" contained in the joint reso-
lution. The members of this committee were: A. S. Lipscomb,
Francis Moore, James Love, Isaac Van Zandt, Wm. L. Cazneau,
L. D. Evans, H. G. Runnels, John Hemphill, A. Pinckney Hen-
derson,10 J. M. Lewis, R. E. B. Baylor, James Davis, G. W. Smith,
John Caldwell, and G. A. Everts. These met in the evening, and
remained in session until almost midnight before they accepted
sTexas National Register (Washington), July 17, 1845.
'As Rusk had been a member of the convention of 1836, he was not a
novice in constitution making. Since then he had held the important
offices of Secretary of War, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and
major general of the militia. Baker, A Texas Scrap Book, 264.
"J. Pinckney Henderson was perhaps the ablest member of this com-
mittee. He had served the Republic as Attorney General, Secretdry of
State, and Minister Plenipotentiary to France, England, and the United
States. QUARTERLY OF TlHE TEXAS HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, I, 190-195.
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