The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 56
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the ordinance adopted by the convention in relation to the coloni-
There was, however, much indifference manifested by all classes
toward the election. The Houston Telegraph of October 22 said
that not more than one-half of the electors in the city of Galveston
voted.85 There was much complaint from those opposing annex-
ation as the convention had provided that the voting should be
viva voce. Elliot in a letter to Aberdeen said that President
Jones informed him, January 18, 1846, that the vote cast was
about six thousand, which was not half as many as in the presi-
dential election of 1844.86 Many, however, refrained from voting,
as they considered the result certain.
Although no information, official or otherwise, had been given
out as to the exact number of'votes cast, President Jones, Novem-
ber 10, announced that the state constitution and the American
proposal for annexation had been accepted by "a majority of the
popular vote," and that an election should be held, December 15,
for the purpose of selecting a governor, lieutenant governor, and
members of the state legislature.87
The following is an excerpt from the Texas National Register
concerning the election of the members of the legislature:
The people should be exceedingly careful to make judicious se-
lections in choosing their representatives to the first legislature.
The trust to be confided in them is of great moment. The duties
of the legislators will be complete and arduous in execution. Our
laws will have to be modified to suit the change of government.
The payment of our debts must be provided for. Our domain
must be made available to. meet the demands of our creditors.
Every department will have to be organized, and the proper per-
formance of that organization will in many instances depend upon
legislative enactments. Another duty of paramount importance
devolving upon the legislature is the election of senators to the
United States Congress. . .. Let them (the electors) call
8"Houston Telegraph, September 24, 1845; Proclamation Papers of the
Republic of Texas, 1845. MS., State Library.
"The votes cast in Galveston were: for the adoption of the constitu-
tion 304, against 83; for annexation 270, against 121; for the adoption
of the colonization ordinance 289, against 65. Houston Telegraph, October
8"Elliot to Aberdeen, January 18, 1846. Adams, British Correspondence
Concerning Texas, 583.
s"Texas National Register (Austin), November 29, 1845.
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