The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 34
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On the afternoon of June 21, Captain Waggaman arrived at
Washington with dispatches for President Jones and Donelson,
from General Taylor, who commanded' the three thousand troops
stationed at Fort Jesup. The substance of these dispatches was
to the effect that L. Thomas, the assistant adjutant general, had
ordered Taylor to protect Texas against a Mexican invasion.21
A few days after receiving this dispatch from General Taylor,
Donelson, anticipating with certainty the favorable decision of
the convention and seeing the strong temptation which might
prompt the Mexicans to make a forced march across the Rio Grande
for the purpose of disturbing the convention, had advised General
Taylor to. advance without delay to the western frontier of Texas
and occupy the territory between the Nueces and the Rio Grande.22
On July 7, the convention adopted a resolution "authorizing
and requesting" the American troops to occupy and establish posts
without delay on the exposed frontier. Donelson did not encour-
age an aggressive movement, but as he thought the claim of Texas
to the Rio Grande ought to be maintained, he again assured the
convention that the United States would, in good faith, maintain
the Texan claim. During the first two days of the convention
there had been a disposition in some members of the convention
to demand in "strong terms" that the Rio Grande be held as the
boundary but members of all parties yielded to Donelson's protes-
tation, and gave him the assurance that this would not be made a
sin qua non.23
IR. The Formation of the Constitution
a. The Executive Department
One of the first reports considered by the convention was that
submitted by the Committee on the Executive. The provisions
that the executive power should be vested in a governor chosen
biennially by the qualified electors, that he should not be eligible
for more than four years in a period of six, that he should appoint
21Donelson to Stockton, June 22, 1845. Senate Documents I, 29 Congress,
1 Session, I, 86.
22Donelson to Allen, June 30, 1845. Senate Documents I, 29 Congress, 1"
Session, I, 95-96.
28Donelson to Buchanan, July 11, 1845. Senate Documents I, 29 Con-
gress, 1 Session, I, 101-104.
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