The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 37
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Committee on Texan Declaration of Independence
the municipality of Matagorda. The brothers were men of
family; Thomas J. listed this information when he applied for
land, and Bailey's heirs testified to such when they applied for
land during his right to a headright, January 18, 1838.81 Upon
arrival in Texas, Bailey Hardeman immediately enrolled with
the Texans in military service. The Council of San Felipe de
Austin appointed Hardeman to serve on the board of commis-
sioners for the organization of the militia. He was with the
armed forces when he was elected a delegate from Matagorda to
the convention of March 1, 1836.83
When the convention at Washington adopted an ordinance au-
thorizing a provisional government, he was elected Secretary of
the Treasury.84 This was on March 16th. On the 17th, the
delegates hastened from Washington to their various homes, fol-
lowing the report that the Mexican army was nearby, but Presi-
dent Burnet and members of his Cabinet remained until the 19th
to perfect arrangements for the provisional government of the
Republic." They then removed to Harrisburg, but the entire
population of that town had fled to Galveston on the 15th of April
at Santa Anna's approach. At this time, Hardeman was acting
as secretary of State." When the Treaties of Velasco were signed
on May 14, Iardeman signed over his regular title, Secretary of
State, as a Cabinet officer.87 With Lorenzo de Zavala, Harde-
man was appointed to go with Santa Anna to Vera Cruz as one
of Texas' Commissioners to execute a treaty with Mexico.88
Shortly after this last assigned duty, Hardeman's activities in the
interest of the new Republic were terminated by his death.
""Bastrop 1st Class, File No. 551, Certificate No. 128." .General Land
"Telegraph and Texas Register, January 16, 1836.
"'Gray, Diary, 132.
"D. W. C. Baker, A Texas Scrap Boolk (New York, Chicago and New
Orleans, 1875), 5-9.
W. P. Zuber, in the Galveston News, June 24, 1900, as cited.
"Gray, Diary, 161-162.
"7L. J. Wortham, A History of Texas from Wilderness to Commonwealth
(Fort Worth, 1924), III, 329-330.
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