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APPENDIX.--V.

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it, the contemptible sport and victim of successive military
revolutions, and hath continually exhibited every characteristic
of a weak, corrupt, and tyrannical government.
These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the
people of Texas, until they reached that point at which forbearance
ceases to be a virtue. We then took up arms ill
defence of the National Constitution. We appealed to our
Mexican brethren for assistance; our appeal has been made
in vain ; though months have elapsed, no sympathetic
.response has yet been heard from the interior. We are,
therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the
Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their
liberty, and the substitution therefor of a military government;
that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of selfgovernment.
The
necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees
ouI' eternal political separation.
WE, therefore, the delegates, with plenary powers, of the
people of Texas, in solemnL Convention assembled, appealing
to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do
hercby/ resolve and declare, that our political connexion
wvith the MIexicain nation has for ever ended, and that the
people of Texas do now constitute a FREE,,: SOVEREIGN, and
IN:DEPENDENT REPUBLIC, and are fully invested with all the
rigL hts and attributes u'hich properly belong to independent
nations ; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions,
we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the supreme
Arbiter of the destinies of nations.
In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our
names.
RICHARD ELLIS,
President and Delegate from Red River.

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