The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 49
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The Texas Convention of 1845
or to be hereafter granted for public school purposes should not
be sold for a period of at least twenty years. However, they
should be leased in such a manner as the legislature should direct,
and the fund thus created should be used for the benefit of the
common free schools. Furthermore, every new county created
should receive a quantity of school land equal to, that granted to
counties then in existence.6"
The committee on general provisions recommended that any
amendment that should be accepted by a majority of two-thirds of
both houses and a majority of the qualified electors should become
a part of the constitution.65
However, in order to, give greater stability to the constitution,
A. C. Horton offered as a substitute for this recommendation that
the legislature by a majority vote of two-thirds should propose the
amendments, that they should be ratified by a majority of the
people, and that they should be adopted by both houses, before
they should become a part of the constitution. After a short dis-
cussion this substitute was accepted by a majority vote of twenty-
4. The Attempt to EstablishA a Provisional Government
The dissatisfaction with the existing government, so prevalent
at the time, showed itself in the convention, as President Jones's
friendliness toward annexation was regarded with suspicion.
Therefore, several of the most prominent members of the conven-
tion, including such men as the President, Rusk, J. L. Hogg,
and A. C. Horton deemed it advisable, when they first assembled,
to establish a provisional government.6" As the President had not
anticipated that the anti-party men would attempt to overthrow
his administration, and as congress was in session, he remained
at Washington. The opposition, however, was much stronger than
he anticipated, so W. B. Ochiltree, former secretary of state, ad-
dressed to President Jones the following letter:
I think that by all means you should come to Austin with the
6VJorwnal of the Convention, 360-1.
0"Debates of the Convention, 279.
"6Debates of the Convention, 279.
0"Lubbock, six Decades in Texas, 174.
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