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vention to sustain either the governor or the Council, and there
was no time for a long investigation.
The Council was officially informed March 4, that the Con-
vention was in session. The president of the Council thanked the
Convention's committee for this courtesy, and assured them of
the willingness of the Council to deliver all records and archives
to any person whom the Convention might authorize to receive
The Council understood by March 8, that the Convention in-
tended the announcement of its organization to be sufficient notice
that the duties of the Provisional Government had ceased. The
Council was of the opinion that the Convention did not supersede
the Provisional Government until it made some declaration to
that effect, but was willing to deliver its archives to the desig-
nated authority, "and return with pleasure to our homes and
Three days later the secretary of the Convention appeared
before the Council and by authority of the Convention requested
the archives of the Provisional Government. The papers were
delivered, and with the adoption of a final resolution the remnant
of the Council adjourned sine die.3
The Provisional Government functioned well for the first few
weeks of its tenure, and to all appearances governed as best it
could. The quarrel was most unfortunate, and largely ended the
usefulness of both governor and Council. According to Yoakum,
it was first intended that Austin should be governor, but his
services being more needed as a commissioner to the United
States, he was spared the misfortune of being the first
governor of Texas.4
It is easy to dream, however, that had a man of Austin's
patience and ability been the first governor of Texas a far dif-
ferent story might have been written.
IGammel, Laws of Tewas, I, 810.
2Ibid., I, 811.
3Ibid., I, 813. March 11, 1836.
4Wooten, A Oomprehencive History of Texas, I, 190.
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