The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 51
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The Texas Convention of 1845
The Convention is rapidly drawing to a close, and I find the
opinion gaining ground that on the passage of the Constitution
by the Convention it will operate as a supersedeas of the present
government. . . . If you were now here, your presence would
do much to allay the feeling which a few persons are most indus-
triously endeavoring to get up. I find many men busy in that
behalf, from whom I little expected such a course.72
Upon the receipt of this letter, the President, the Secretary of
State, and the Treasurer "hastened to Austin."73
In a letter to Hamilton Stuart, the editor of the Civilian and
Gazette (Galveston), Jones said:
I received information from the most reliable and authentic
sources that the emissaries and factionists were at work in favor
of abolishing the existing government and establishing a provi-
sional one in its place. . . . This I knew would throw every-
thing into confusion, and would defeat annexation altogether. I
felt strong conviction that anarchy and civil war would necessarily
ensue (for the people had conferred no such powers on the Con-
vention), and that in such a situation we could neither prepare
for admission into the Union or be admitted if we were prepared,
for the opponents of annexation in the United States would, under
such circumstances, have been able to defeat it. This, all true
friends of annexation saw and believed. So . . . I hastened
with some of my cabinet to Austin.74
Upon the President's arrival, R. Bache, a member of the Com-
mittee on the State and Nation, introduced a resolution providing
that a committee should be "appointed to wait upon the President
of the Republic of Texas, to consult with him concerning the
transfer of the government by the Convention, from an independ-
ent Republic, to a Republican State Government."75
However, F. Moore moved to lay the resolution upon the table,
I know the object in view is to establish a provisional govern-
ment to supplant the present. . .. I believe that every move
of policy should induce the people to retain the present form of
government and the nationality of Texas until that period when
we shall have the final assurance of merging our nationality in
7?Ochiltree to Jones, August 6, 1845. Jones, Memoranda and Official
Correspondence of the Republic of Texas, 483.
78Jones, Letters Relating to the History of Annexation, 16; Tewas
National Register (Washington), August 14, 1845.
"4Jones, Letters Relating to the History of Annexation, 16-17.
''Journal of the Convention, 247.
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