The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 51
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1835-1836
To the end that the resolutions, and proceedings of the
Council, may not be hereafter drawn into precedent, with the
authority of silent acquiescence on the part of the Executive
Department; and to the end also, that my motives and views
in the Executive proceedings and conduct of the Council,
connected with the subject alluded to, may be known to my
fellow citizens, to the world, and to all posterity, I respect-
fully request that this Message and Protest may by an order
of the convention be entered at length on the Journals of
It is impossible to say, even now, exactly why Governor Smith
and the Council quarreled. Certainly the Matamoras expedition,
the ability of the Council to nullify the veto, the determination
of Smith to ignore the Declaration of November 7, and the domi-
neering character of Governor Smith were major factors in the
dispute. Perhaps the activities of land speculators and the enmity
existing between Smith and Barrett also deserve mention as mat-
ters of considerable importance. In addition there were countless
minor incidents which helped build a tissue of jealousy and dis-
trust. It is on the whole a disgraceful, and hence a regrettable,
episode. Neither Smith nor the Council won, but Texas cer-
THE COUNCIL AND TIHE CONVENTION
The Convention which assembled at Washington, March 1, 1836,
was a constituent assembly, and it was but natural for it to take
to itself the powers and functions of the Provisional Government.
As has been seen, the Convention saw fit to nullify several ordi-
nances of the Provisional Government, including that which levied
an import duty. Some ordinances of the Council were allowed to
stand, others were added by the Convention, and in due time
there arose a new government to replace the much abused Council
and governor. The Convention did not extend to the Provisional
Government the customary vote of thanks; this can mean either
the existence of an opinion that the Provisional Government had
failed completely in the task assigned it, or that the Convention
was so pressed for time as to make the consideration of such a
resolution impossible. More likely, it was feared that the con-
sideration of such a matter would make it necessary for the Con-
57Smith, "Reminiscences of Henry Smith," The Quarterly of the Texas
State Historical Association, XIV, 73.
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