The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 30
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the terms offered in the first and second sections of the joint reso-
lution for annexing Texas to the United States.1'
The convention that held its first formal meeting at the capitol
on the morning of July 4, is generally conceded to have been the
"ablest political body that ever assembled in Texas," and "it may
be seriously doubted whether at the present time a body of dele-
gates could be selected who would represent an equal variety of
legal knowledge and an equally extensive experience in the admin-
istration of laws."'12 They exhibited a great diversity of opinions,
wishes, and views, and the very object for which they had as-
:sembled was of such a nature as to develop the most conflicting
-opinions and the most opposite theories. Therefore, it was often
necessary to effect a compromise before a satisfactory agreement
,could be reached.
When the session opened, II. G. Runnels formally proposed Rusk
for President, and as no other names were offered, the convention
,declared him "duly and unanimously elected." He then addressed
the assembly, saying:
. The objects for which we have assembled deeply in-
terest the people of Texas. We have the hopes of our present
population as well as of the millions who may come after us in
Let us then lay aside all minor considerations, and avoid all
subjects calculated to divide us in opinion, and let us march boldly
and confidently up to the formation of a Constitution, which, while
it secures our own rights, shall satisfy our friends abroad, and
meet the sanction of God to whose bountiful providence Texas
is already so much indebted. While we insert these great prin-
ciples which have been sanctioned by time and experience, we
should be careful to avoid the introduction of new and untried
theories. We should leave those who are to follow us free to adopt
such amendments to the system as their experience and intelli-
gence shall suggest and their circumstances render necessary. We
have one great object in view, and that is to enter the American
Confederacy with becoming dignity and respect.13
After the address the convention completed its organization by
electing J. H. Raymond, secretary, Wm. Cockburn, doorkeeper,
W. IHaynie, chaplain, and F. G. Fisher, interpreter.
"Texas National Register (Washington), July 17, 1845.
1L. W. Winkler, in Johnson, Texas and Texans, I, 486.
"Debates of the Convention, 6-7.
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