The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 74
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the terms proposed by the United States and at the same time
submitted Mexico's agreement to recognize Texan independence
on condition that Texas should retain and preserve its inde-
pendence. Both bodies voted to frame a state constitution for
ratification by the people and submission to the Congress of
the United States.
XIX. THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS IS NO MORE
Congress approved the Texas Constitution on December 29,
1845. From that date Texas was a member of the Union, but
the transition to state government was delayed for seven weeks.
The newly elected legislature met at Austin on February 16,
1846, and, after organizing, prepared for the ceremony of
ending the government of the republic. On February 19, the
ceremony took place.
Picturesque details that would be expected in a newspaper
today are lacking. An extra of the Austin Democrat, issued the
next day, contents itself with the meager statement that
Preparations were made for this event by decorating the Capitol with
flags, etc. Their excellencies, the President and the Governor-elect, made
their appearance, attended by a joint committee of both Houses, and
escorted by the United States officers of this station. After being intro-
duced, seated, etc., a prayer rich with the fervor of the Christian patriot
was made by the Hon. R. E. B. Baylor. He was loudly applauded. The
President then arose and delivered his valedictory. He was loudly ap-
plauded. The oath of office was administered to the governor by the speaker
of the House and the inaugural followed.
President Jones's speech ended with an eloquent paragraph
that is often quoted:
The lone star of Texas, which ten years since arose amid cloud, over
fields of carnage, and obscurely shone for a while, has culminated, and,
following an inscrutable destiny, has passed on and become fixed forever
in that glorious constellation which all freemen and lovers of freedom in
the world must reverence and adore-the American Union. Blending its
rays with its sister stars, long may it continue to shine, and may a gracious
heaven smile upon this consummation of the wishes of the two republics,
now joined together in one. "May the union be perpetual, and may it be
the means of conferring benefits and blessings upon the people of all the
States" is my ardent prayer. The final act in this great drama is now
performed. The Republic of Texas is no more.
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