The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 36
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part of Governor Smith becomes doubly significant in view of
the fact that December 7, four days before the appointment of
Barrett as judge advocate general, Henry Millard, a member of
the Council, had been appointed a lieutenant colonel of infantry
in the regular army,14 and Smith had made no objection. The
governor replied to the above resolutions in a message of December
29, which was read and placed on file."5 No copy of this message
is now available.
On December 12, the governor sent the Council a somewhat
mysterious message. He declared that two appointments had
been made by the commander of the volunteer army at B6xar, and
that the Council knew its duty in regard to this procedure. The
message seems to be a suggestion for abolition of the volunteer
army and organization of the regular army. In view of later
developments, Smith may have been thinking of land specula-
tors when he declared that
restless, disorganizing spirits are, and ever have been, busy
both in the camp and at home, with their vile intrigues and
machinations to sap the very foundation of all our hopes.
Your honorable body cannot be so blind as not to discover
their base purposes. I now warn you to place on them the
mark of Cain, as an assurance, that their merited fate awaits
This message was referred to the committee on military affairs
which reported, December 22, as being in hearty accord with the
governor in the belief that system and organization should take
the place of confusion and anarchy.7 However, they suggested
no changes in the military organization.
erally well advised upon that all important and interesting subject- He has
been one of the leading members of the Consultation and General Council
and has been industrious and useful to the country. We do most sincerely
recommend him as a Gentleman of high order of talents and learning a
patriot and an honest politician and unhesitatingly declare our opinion
that the country would be greatly benefitted by his services in the next
convention, or any other public capacity to which his habits and talents
This statement was signed by Robinson and the six members of the
council who were present. The statement will be found in Consultation
Papers, Vol. I, Texas State Library.
14Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, 636.
1sIbid., I, 714.
16Ibid., I, 682.
17Ibid., I, 687.
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