The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 184
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
THE CONSULAR SERVICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF
ALMA HOWELL BROWN
I. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CONSULAR SERVICE
The consular service of the Republic of Texas was the result,
not of a well thought out plan fostered by a single strong execu-
tive, but of a series of suggestions and ideas gathered from various
sources. This condition might be expected of a newly-organized
government, which had its birth in revolution and its growth during
a period of actual or potential warfare when the young Republic
was striving to win its freedom from Mexico and recognition from
The whole scheme was experimental; there was no strong cen-
tral government; the entire governmental institution had to be
worked out as best it might with limited means and leadership
that had to serve in many capacities; a new field with ever-changing
conditions must be explored; there was neither time nor inclination
to head cautiously and surely; it was easier to change the course
when a better path was discovered; but always, all things had to
give precedence to the successful prosecution of the war; and it
was not strange that the development of the consular service was
a slow process, characterized by a wavering, hesitant, haphazard
To attain success in her struggle with the Mexican government,
outside aid for the Texans was imperative. The leaders recog-
nized this need from the beginning. In his message to the Coun-
cil, November 11, 1835, Governor Smith said:
You have to call system out of chaos; to start the wheels of
government, clogged and impeded as they are by conflicting in-
terests and discordant material. Without funds; without the muni-
tions of war; with an army in the field contending against a pow-
*This paper was presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of the
University of Texas in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree of Master of Arts.
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