The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 40
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officers retired to permit the first constitutionally elected officers to
enter upon the exercise of their duties immediately, without wait-
ing for November 1st, the appointed time for their regular term.37
Mirabeau B. Lamar had been elected to take Zavala's place, and
in his inaugural speech, that noted early Texan shows the high
place which Zavala occupied in his estimation. In concluding his
speech he said:
Gentlemen, I should be doing injustice to my own feelings if I
were to resume my seat without paying to my predecessor in office,
that tribute of respect to which he is justly entitled by his public
as well as his private virtues. Through the period of a long life,
the ex-vice-president, Governor Zavala, has been the unwavering
and consistent friend of liberal principles and free government
. . . The gentleman, the scholar, and the patriot, he goes into
retirement, with the, undivided affections of his fellow citizens; and
I know, gentlemen, that I only express your own feelings, when I
say that it is the wish of every member of this assembly that the
evening of his days be as tranquil and happy, as the meridian of
his life has been useful and honorable.38
The evening of his days was to be shorter than Lamar knew.
On November 15, 1836, less than a month after Lamar had ex-
tended his friend this felicitation, Zavala died at his home on
An obituary in the Telegraph, and Texas Register contains one
final tribute to him:
Died, on the 15th inst. at his residence on the San Jacinto, our
distinguished and talented fellow-citizen, Lorenzo de Zavala. In
the death of this enlightened and patriotic statesman, Texas has
lost one of her most valuable citizens, the cause of liberal principles
one of its most untiring advocates, and society one of its brightest
Truly has it been said of Zavala, that:
Providence cast his lot in a land of revolution and blood, but at
all times and under all circumstances he had been a constant and
ardent lover of liberty and humanity.41
T7Cosmopolita (Mexico City), July 13, 1836.
"8Lamar Papers, I, 469.
8"Brown, History of Texas, II, 103.
40Telegrapk and Texas Register (Houston), November 26, 1836.
4Yoakum, History of Texas, II, 202.
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