The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 281
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in a season of profound tranquillity and peace. Thus may we hope will
the future changes of governments be effected: and the will of the gov-
erned, and not the will of the governors, control (under Providence) the
destiny of nations.
Not only did Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Washington
papers comment on annexation, but even one in New England,
stronghold of anti-recognition and anti-annexation sentiment,
carried an account of the addition of the new state.
March 14, 1846
The Legislature of the State of Texas met for the first time at Austin
on the 16th ult. The votes for Governor were counted on the 17th and
Mr. Henderson had 8199 out of 9871, and was inaugurated on the 19th.
The official return of votes for Lieut. Governor gave 4319 votes for
Darnell, and 4271 for Horton. Gen. Darnell was of course declared
elected, but because in some half dozen counties from which no returns
were received, his opponent is known to have received a majority of
some 600 votes, it is supposed that he will not accept office.
Preparations were made for this event, by decorating the Capitol with
flags, &c. Their Excellencies, the President, and Governor elect, made
their appearance attended by a joint committee of both Houses, and
escorted by the U. S. officers of this station.
After being introduced, seated, &c., a prayer rich with the fervor of
the Christian Patriot, was made by the Hon. R. E. B. Baylor.
The President then arose and delivered his Valedictory. He was loudly
applauded. The oath of office was administered to the Governor by the
Speaker of the House, and the inaugural followed. During the whole
time of enacting these matters, the most intense emotion thrilled every
bosom-tears crept unconsciously from the eye of many a weather beaten
Texan, who had toiled and suffered, and bled to establish an independent
government-to win freedom for a people, who were now being stricken
from the roll of nations: they seemed to feel as if the Republic of Texas
was indeed "no more." She is secure in the enjoyment of all that a
patriot could wish; her destiny is united to that of the mightiest people
on earth. Her watchword must be "Union" and her progress will be
Thus did the newspapers, local and national, record the pass-
ing of the Republic of Texas and the arrival of the twenty-
eighth state of the American union.
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