The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 55
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The Texas Convention of 1845 55
and his administration relative to annexation. In reply to Rusk's
letter accompanying these resolutions Calhoun said:
I accept this highly honorable approval of the distinguished
body over which you presided, of the part I performed towards
the consummation of this great measure, with sincere pleasure and
Taken altogether it is one of the most remarkable events in our
history; and I am proud to have my name associated with it. One
of the most striking circumstances is the unanimity and enthu-
siasm with which the people of Texas returned into. our great and
glorious Union, in spite of every obstacle thrown in their way, and
every seduction presented to influence their decision. It speaks
a volume in favor of their intelligence and patriotism; and is at
the same time, the highest eulogy ever pronounced in favor of
our free and popular institution; and will be felt to be so through-
out the civilized world.83
5. The Establishment of a State Government
The terms of annexation proposed by the United States laid
down the broad provisions that the constitution should provide
a republican form of government, that it should be acceptable to
the people of the United States, and that it should be ratified by
the people of Texas. In framing the constitution the delegates
had kept the first two requirements constantly in mind, and many
doubtful questions were discarded to avoid opposition in the
United States Congress. Therefore, President Jones, immediately
after the adjournment of -the convention, took action to meet the
last provision. Accordingly, on August 28 he issued a proclama-
tion "requiring and directing" the chief justices and the associate
justices in the absence of the chief justices, to hold an election in
their respective counties on October 13, for the purpose of "taking
the sense of the people of Texas in regard to the adoption or re-
jection of the said constitution, also for the purpose of taking their
opinions for and against annexation, the election to be conducted,
the votes taken, and returns made in conformity with the existing
laws regulating elections. . .. The votes of the electors were
also then and there to be taken upon the rejection or adoption of
8"Calhoun, to Rusk, September 20, 1845. Niles' National Register,
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