The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 184
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
where buildings were tenantless and weeds had grown in the
streets. James Webb, one of the few persons to remain in Austin,
wrote to Mirabeau B. Lamar on May 4, 1843, and gave the fol-
Poor Austin has sadly changed since you saw it, as indeed, has
all the Western part of the Country--We have now but a small
population,-no business,--& are living under great privations-
We have however, held on to the "Archives," & will battle for them
to the death. ... 8
The controversies over the archives and the permanent seat of
government were not settled while Sam Houston remained Pres-
ident. On December 9, 1844, Anson Jones took office and on
February 28, 1845, the United States Congress adopted the joint
resolution proposing the annexation of Texas. Annexation was
approved by the Texas Congress and on July 4, 1845, a convention
was called to meet in Austin to consider the matter. Brought to
Austin at this time were the archives which had accumulated
while the Texas government functioned at Washington-on-the-
Brazos. The archives, which had been in the possession of the
local Austin committee since the Archive War, were turned over
to President Jones when he arrived. The handful of Austin citi-
zens who held the archives against so many odds no doubt played
a decisive role in making Austin the permanent capital of Texas.
85James Webb to M. B. Lamar, May 4, 1845, in Lamar Papers, IV, Part 1, p. 2o.
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