The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 37
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1885-1836
Governor Smith had an element of conceit in his character
which may have had an effect in bringing about the dispute with
the Council. This has been pointed out in connection with sev-
eral of his messages, and is particularly apparent in the message
of December 26, concerning the activities of Nacogdoches land
speculators. According to Smith, the speculators
have their unprincipled hirelings and satelites to operate, and
endeavor to keep themselves behind the screen; they may not
be generally known to your body, and as such, will no doubt,
often attempt to practice fraud upon you, by their insinuating
approaches. Me, they seldom approach: they may overpower,
but never can deceive.18
The frequent repetition of the theory that the Council could be
easily fooled while the governor could never be misled, probably
did not greatly increase the respect of the Council for the governor.
Governor Smith addressed the Council, January 7, with respect
to his veto of the ordinance providing for the purchase of the
William Robbins and the Invincible from McKinney and Williams.
He had considered the measure "with that attention which I con-
sidered the subject merited," and was returning it with his veto.
In the same message he expressed his opinion that the "Council
should not breed confusion by infringing on the authority which
they had already vested in their agents." This address was signed:
"I am respectfully HENRY SMITH, Governor"; in place of
the usual: "I am gentlemen, respectfully Your obedient servant,
HENRY SMITH, Governor."'9 The passage of this measure over
the veto was one factor in bringing from Smith his ill-advised
message of January 10. This message was also encouraged by
the determination of the Council to sponsor the expedition to
Matamoras, despite the opposition of the governor and commander-
in-chief. The immediate excuse was a letter written by Colonel
Neill, commandant at B6xar, to the governor and Council. Neill
explained that "the clothing sent here by the aid and patriotic
exertions of the honorable council was taken from us by the
arbitrary measures of Johnson and Grant. .. ."20 Governor
8lbid., I, 701.
19Ibid., I, 749.
2OBrown, History of Texas, I, 529; see also Consultation Papers, Vol. I,
Texas State Library.
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