The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 33
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The Texas Convention of 1845
States has submitted to Texas the first and second sections of the
said resolution, as the basis upon which Texas may be admitted as
one of the States of the said Union; and whereas the existing
government of the republic of Texas has assented to the proposals
thus made, the terms and conditions of which are as follows:
[The two first sections of the joint resolution of the Congress
of the United States are here quoted.]
Now, in order to manifest the assent of the people of this re-
public, as required in the above recited portions of the said reso-
lutions, we, the deputies of the people of Texas, in convention as-
sembled, in their name, and by their authority, do ordain and de-
clare, that we assent to and accept the proposals, conditions, and
guarantees contained in the first and second sections of the reso-
lution of the Congress of the United States aforesaid.17
Despite his previous objections to the terms proposed by the
United States, J. S. Mayfield, former Secretary of State, moved
the adoption of the ordinance as submitted by the special com-
mittee. Thereupon, without any discussion, the vote was taken
and there was but one dissenting voice, R. Bache of Galveston, and
he affixed his signature to the resolution after it was adopted by
the convention. President Rusk at once sent certified copies of
the ordinance to President Jones, to be by him transmitted to the
President of the United States.18 On July 5, Donelson, who, as
an interested observer, had been in attendance upon the congress
at Washington, arrived in Austin, where Rusk immediately fur-
nished him with a certified copy of the ordinance. This Donelson
forwarded by a special messenger to Buchanan.1o
In reply to President Rusk's note accompanying the ordinance
From the date of the acceptance of this Ordinance she [Texas]
will have acquired the right to the protection of the United States,
and the undersigned is happy to inform you that the President has
already taken steps to afford this protection in the most effective
manner against future invasion by either the Mexicans or In-
"Journal of the Convention, 8.
8Journal of the Conivention, 11.
I'Donelson to Buchanan, July 6, 1845. Senate Document I, 29 Congress,
1 Session, I, 96.
2'Donelson to Rusk, July 6, 1845. Texas National Register (Washing-
ton), July 24, 1845.
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