The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 488
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
plenary powers and to transfer the temporary seat of government
to Harrisburg. The following elected officers constituted the
ad interim government: David G., Burnet, president; Lorenzo de
Zavala, vice-president; Samuel P. Carson, secretary of state; Bailey
Hardeman, secretary of the treasury; Thomas J. Rusk, secretary
of war; Robert Potter, secretary of the navy; and David Thomas,
President Burnet and most of his cabinet arrived at "Groce's
Retreat," one of the two homes of the wealthy planter, Jared E.
Groce, at 7:3o P.M., on March i8 and remained there until the
morning of March 21, three nights and two days.
On March 20 all of the cabinet members were at Groce's except
Groce's first residence was named "Bernardo." It was built in
1822 and was situated near the east bank of the Brazos River,
about four miles south of the present town of Hempstead. "Re-
treat" was built in 1833 on Wallace Prairie in the present county
of Grimes. It was about ten miles from Washington.
The trek was resumed and the members of the cabinet spent
the night of March 21 at the home of Abram Roberts near New
Kentucky in the present Harris County.4
THE AD INTERIM GOVERNMENT REACHES HARRISBURG
Arriving at Harrisburg, the temporary seat of government, on
the night of March 22, President Burnet and cabinet occupied
the residence of Mrs. Jane Harris, widow of John R. Harris,
founder of the town.
FLAG FOR THE NAVAL SERVICE ADOPTED
On April 9, the national flag for the naval service was "Adopted
by the president at Harrisburg, the conformation of which is
union blue, star central, thirteen stripes prolonged, alternate red
SANTA ANNA BURNS HARRISBURG
Santa Anna at the head of about seven hundred men, reached
Harrisburg on April 14, and burned the town.
sWilliam Fairfax Gray, From Virginia To Texas, z835 (Houston, 1909), 132.
5Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, 1132.
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