The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 53
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The Texas Conv'ention of 1845
sideration of the ordinance, President Rusk, D. Gage, J. S. May-
field, J. L. Hogg, and A. C. Horton continued their opposition
to the Jones government throughout the convention, as there were
several important steps yet to. be taken before annexation would
be complete. This opposition was so strong that President Jones
said, "From this time I had no further material control over the
question of annexation, and my duties in connection with it be-
came merely ministerial."79
The Telegraph and Texas Register of August 28 said:
With the Convention Maj. D. [Donelson] had and could have
no official intercourse, though as an individual, he communicated
frankly with the leading members of that body in regard to such
points as were likely to interpose difficulties in the way of the
passage of that instrument by the United States Congress. He
considered it highly important that every movement on the part
of Texas should be made in an orderly and regular manner, and
deprecated any movement likely to produce excitement or confu-
sion in this country. For this reason he discouraged any attempt
on the part of the convention to abolish the existing government
before the acceptance of the new constitution on the part of the
As the effort to establish a provisional government had been de-
feated and as the convention desired that no inconvenience should
arise in the change from a national government to a state govern-
ment, it was provided: (1) That the President should submit the
constitution and annexation to the people; (2) that the returns
of the election should be canvassed on the second Monday in
November; (3) that the President of Texas should forward to
the President of the United States duplicate copies of the consti-
tution, if it should be adopted; (4) that the constitution, if
adopted, should go into effect after the organization of the state
government; (5) that the President should order an election on
the third Monday in December to elect a governor, lieutenant-
governor, and members of the legislature; (6) that the President
should convene Congress at an early date; and (7) that the Presi-
dent should deliver to the governor, after his inauguration, "all
records, public money, documents, archives, and public property
of every description whatsoever under the control of the Executive
"Jones, Letters Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 17.
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