Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 14 of 432
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still I could not clearly understand how the settlers
of Texas were enabled to repel the armies of Mexico
and to found a Republic of their own. Envying the
leisure of those who can satisfy even a fleeting curiosity
by travelling at once to the place where direct
information may be obtained, I was obliged to trust
for the gratification of mine to the revelations of the
The year 1838 unexpectedly opened to me a
prospect of visiting Texas. Early in that year, the
late Earl of Durham, who had for a considerable
period honoured nme with his confidence and regard,
accepted the office of Governor-general of
Canada. His lordship, knowing that I should
highly appreciate the distinction of being attached
to so important a mission, and aware that I had a
theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject
of municipal corporations, proposed that I should
undertake the office of commissioner for inquiring
into the municipal institutions of Lower Canada, with
a view to their improvement. In accordance with
this proposal, I left England, in the Sirius steamvessel
bound for New York, where I landed, after a
short and agreeable voyage, and, proceeding to my
destination, reported my arrival at Quebec in the
beginning of June.
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/14/: accessed March 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .