The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 60
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Since the legislature spent the first two days in organizing,
Governor Henderson was not inaugurated until February 19. In
his address he congratulated the people upon the consummation
of annexation, and expressed a desire for a spirit of "harmony and
forbearance." Although he expressed a regret that so much
"power and patronage" had been granted the executive, he prom-
ised to act "cautiously and impartially" in performing his official
duties, and to consider only the good of the public. He closed
his address with this vigorous paragraph:
We have this day fully entered the Union of the North Amer-
ican States. Let us give our friends, who so boldly and nobly
advocated our cause, and the friends of American liberty, no rea-
son to regret their efforts in our behalf. Henceforth the prosperity
of our sister states will be our prosperity, their happiness our
happiness, their quarrels will be our quarrels, and in their wars
we will fully participate.98
Governor Henderson completed the organization of the state
government by appointing David G. Burnet, Secretary of State,
James B. Shaw, Comptroller, T. W. Ward, Land Commissioner,
W. G. Cooke, Adjutant-General, and V. E. Howard, Attorney Gen-
eral. Thomas J. Rusk and Sam Houston were chosen by the
legislature as United States senators.99
The Washington Union of February 19 said: "We hail the in-
corporation of Texas into our Union as one of the most remarkable
events of the age. It was accomplished by no violence of the
sword; no effusion of blood; no corruption of the people; and by
no, constraint upon their intentions; but in the spirit of the age,
according to the present principles of government, by the free con-
sent of the two republics. Well may President Jones have said:
'It was left for the Anglo-American inhabitants of the western
continent to furnish a new mode of enlarging the bounds of em-
pires by the more natural tendency and operation of the principles
of free Government.'"
"Journal of the Senate, 1 Texas Legislature, 1 Session, 1-16.
"9Jourral of the Senate, 1 Texas Legislature, 1 Session, 24.
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