The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 49
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1835-1836
The faction had done and continued to do everything in
their power against me, even to personal insult and abuse,
and I at the same time using every means within my power
to restrain the people and soldiery from inflicting upon them
that punishment which their crimes justly merited.51
Colonel Winm. F. Gray made two notations in his diary con-
cerning the matter, and both are favorable to the governor. On
one occasion Gray talked with Houston, who "spoke highly of
Governor Smith, said he was as honest a man as ever lived;
that that Council, with which the Governor disagreed, was
bribed, etc." Later he recorded the following:
They brought a hand bill issued by the Provisional Council,
announcing the approach of Santa Anna with an army, and
calling upon the Texans en masse to take the field. . . . In
less than a fortnight their brief authority expires, and they
will have an awful reckoning to make to the people.52
On the other hand there were observers who found the people
in sympathy with the Council. Thomas F. McKinney wrote the
Council, January 14, and assured them, "I hear but one opinion
in relation to the affair between the Govr. & Council." The
opinion was favorable to the Council and opposed to Smith.53
A few days later R. R. Royall, a former member of the Council,
addressed the Council from Matagorda. He advised that the
Council not open the land offices as
you are already accused of being under the Influence Bribery
Corruption &c. But the People are now becoming convinced
of their Error. . . . Some diversity of opinion prevails as to
Smiths conduct But much the Larger portion are in favor
of the Council. Those who would advocate him are his old
friends and say they cannot believe him Dishonest-I am
confident it is necessary to have his Compromise Message
Printed and the reply of the Committee.54
Wyatt Hanks, who had also been a member of the Council,
addressed the advisory committee, February 2. He had just
slSmith, "Reminiscences of Henry Smith," in The Quarterly of the Texas
State Historical Association, XIV, 53, 55.
52Gray, From Virginia to Texas, 1885, pp. 100, 109.
ssMcKinney to the President of the Council, January 14, 1836, in Con-
sultation Papers, I, Texas State Library.
54R. R. Royall to President and Members of the Council, January 28,
1836, Consultation Papers, Vol. I, Texas State Library.
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