The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 124
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On February 1, 1953, Texas Statehood Day, Governor Allan
Shivers, in his capacity as honorary chairman of the Texas Heri-
tage Foundation, transmitted to Dr. Logan Wilson, president of
the University of Texas, for preservation in the Texas Memorial
Museum, three documents relating to the secession of Texas from
These documents, all bearing the signature of Oran M. Roberts,
president of the Secession Convention, include a letter addressed
to the governor of the state of Georgia, the first printed copy
of the ordinance of secession, and the envelope in which they
were mailed from Austin on February 4, 1861.
Roberts' handwritten letter reads as follows:
To His Excellency Austin City Texas
The Gov. of the State Febr'y 4th 1861
I have the honor to communicate to you by direction of the Con-
vention of the people of Texas, the enclosed Ordinance "To dissolve
the Union between the State of Texas and other states united under
the Compact styled the Constitution of the United States of America"
passed by a vote of One hundred and sixty six for and Seven against
it in convention assembled.
It has been submitted to a vote of the people in order to harmonize
and unite them. There is no doubt of its ratification by a large
We have full assurance of the co-operation of all the Departments
of our State Government when it shall be ratified.
It is the earnest desire of the people of Texas to unite their destiny
with that of each and all of the slaveholding states in one common
Your obt Servt
O. M. ROBERTS
Presdt of Contn
The documents were located in New Orleans through research
done by A. Garland Adair, the museum's curator of history. Karl
Hoblitzelle, chairman of the executive board of the Texas Heri-
tage Foundation, authorized their purchase and return to Texas.
At the ceremony in the governor's office, Dr. Sellards, director
of the museum, received the documents from Dr. Wilson.
The accession is now on exhibit in the museum by the side
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