The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 9
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The Capitol (?) at Columbia
Congress, as has been shown, contemplated selecting a place
to become the capital "after the adjournment of the present
congress," but agreeing with Houston that business could not
profitably proceed, unless Congress adjourned to some point
where better accommodations were afforded, it voted that the
seat of government be located "during the present session of
congress. . . ."I Houston was selected as the seat of gov-
ernment, effective April 1, 1837. Congress did not convene there,
however, until May 1, due to delay in completing a two-story
building being constructed as a capitol for the Republic by
Augustus C. and John K. Allen, proprietors of the town.
If one accepts as true the undisputed statement of John
Henry Brown that when Congress first convened both houses
met in the two-story building which had been erected by his
father and that later one house of Congress occupied a different
building; if one accepts as true the statement of John Adriance
that the House of Representatives met in the shack while the
Senate met in a larger building; if he believes that the pres-
ident's office was in the same building with the Senate, there
is only one conclusion to be reached: the first capitol was the
two-story building constructed by Henry S. Brown-provided,
of course, it is established that Columbia was ever the capital
of the Republic.
12Gammel (ed.), The Laws of Texas, I, 1139.
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