The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 41
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Analysis of Worke of General Council, '1835-1836
also to prepare the articles of impeachment. The Council elected
John McMullen president pro tempore, and on motion of Barrett,
Robinson was sworn as the acting governor of Texas.28
Smith was completely surprised at this attitude on the part
of the Council, and January 12, he apologized for the "keenness
and asperity of language beyond the rules of decorum;" and
explained that the message had been written because he felt the
appointment of Fannin was intended as a gross insult to tihe
executive. He was convinced that the appointment of Fannin
was an error of greater magnitude than his unfortunate message:
"If therefore your body should think proper to acknowledge their
error by an immediate correction of it, which I consider would
only be their reasonable duty, all differences between the two
Departments should cease; and as far as I am concerned be for-
ever buried in oblivion."29 This message contrasts sharply with
that of two days earlier, and in place of the charges of bribery
and corruption, he indicates the appointment of Fannin as the
only difference between the two departments. The two messages
taken together indicate that the governor knew of no graft and
bribery, or that he knew of graft and was willing to compromise
with it. Certainly one of the messages was insincere.
This message was handed over to a special committee com-
posed of Clements and Royall. The committee advised the Council
that the message came too late to be given serious consideration
as the matter was known to the public, and the Council had
prepared a complete statement for the public eye. The message
was to be returned to Smith in company with a copy of the
articles of impeachment.3s
The address to the people is slightly long, reasonably fair, and,
in comparison with similar addresses, well written. As might
have been expected, the address defended the Council, and pointed
out the attempted usurpations of the governor. The Council was
largely correct in contending that the chief dissatisfaction of
Governor Smith lay in their ability to pass measures over his
veto. According to the Council:
28Ibid., I, 763, 764.
29Ibid., I, 772.
solbid., I, 773.
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