The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 251
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Committee on Texas Declaration of Independence 251
loan made by the agents of the Republic in New Orleans be ex-
plained; and, finally, on March 17, to adjourn sine die."1
Other motions of Childress' were: that . .. "a single star
of five points, either of gold or silver, be adopted as the peculiar
emblem of this republic; that every officer and soldier of the
army and members of this convention, and all friends of Texas,
be requested to wear it on their hats or bosoms; that the letter
from Mr. G. B. Franks, regarding the Indians around Milam, be
referred to the committee on military affairs;52 and various mo-
tions to act upon reports of committees. He served on several
committees: the committee on credentials of delegates; to report
on the papers of John M. Smith;53 to inspect the enrollment of
the ordinance bills;54 as a member of the standing committee of
finance;55 to draft a provision for the constitution on the subject
of lands,56 and to "draw copies of the act organizing the militia.''57
Following Childress' motion to adjourn sine die the delegates
dispersed in all directions in great haste. "Their families are
exposed and defenseless, and thousands are moving off to the
east," recorded Colonel Gray in his Diary, before he joined the
people leaving Washington.58
"5Ibid., March 13, 17.
"Ibid., March 10th and 12th for these last two motions.
"3Ibid., March 10.
"Ibid., March 12.
"Ibid., March 13. On March 7, a letter to Childress from H. K. W. Hill
of Nashville, Tenn., was read. 'It enclosed a bill of exchange on N. & J.
Dick & Co., New Orleans, for five thousand dollars for the use and bene-
fit of Texas.
"Ibid., March 14.
"Ibid., March 1.5.
"Gray, Diary, 134.
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