Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.2 Page: 506 of 554
This book is part of the collection entitled: From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856 and was provided to The Portal to Texas History by the UNT Libraries.
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
cure the acceptance of our Constitution, and the establishment
of a State government.
It. lias failed and refused to secure, on a firm basis, the
right of Trial by Jurv, that palladium of civil liberty, and
only safe guarantee for the life, liberty, and property of the
It has failed to establish any public system of Education,
although possessed of almost boundless resources (the putblic
(ldomain), and althioi,gh it is an txioni in political science,
that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle
to expect the continuance of civil li[)lrty, or the capacity for
It has suffered tlle military commandants, stationed among
us, to exercise arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny, thus
trampling upon the most sacred rights of the citizen, and
rendering the military superior to the civil power.
It has dissolved, by force of arms, the State Congress of
Coahuila and Texas, and obliged our representatives to fly
for their lives from the seat of government, thus depriving
us of the fundamental political right of representation.
It has demanded the surrender of a number of our citizens,
and ordered military detachments to seize and carry
them into the interior for trial, in contempt of the civil
authorities, and in defiance of the laws and the constitution.
It has made piratical attacks upon our commerce, by
commissioning foreign desperadoes, and authorizing them to
seize our vessels, and convey the property of our citizens to
far distant parts for confiscation.
It denies us the right of worshipping the Almighty according
to the dictates of our own conscience, by the support
of a national religion, calculated to promote the temporal
interest of its human functionaries, rather than the glory of
the true and living God.
It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are
essential to our defence--the rightful property of freemenand
formidable only to tyrannical governments.
It has invaded our country both by sea and by land, with
the intent to lay waste our territory, and drive us from our
homes ; and has now a large mercenary army advancing to
carry on against us a war of extermination.
It has, through its emissaries, incited the merciless savage,
with the tomahawk and scalping knife, to massacre the inhabitants
of our defenceless frontiers.
It has been, during the whole time of our connexion with
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.2, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2392/m1/506/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .