Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation, Provisional Government of Texas and the Convention, Which Assembled at Washington March 1, 1836. Page: 77
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a duty. The protection of our liberties-one natural
and reserved right to make it so:-arms are the resort,
and in arms the people will find their only security from
the oppression of ambitious tyrants, whose chains are
forged to manacle our citizens and subdue them to their
will: courage and bravery in resistance, and prudence
in council will restore to us the natural sovereignty of
ll 'Governments :-one civil compact or constitution is
destroyed and another must be formed to guarantee the
purposes and ends of political associations: a Provisional
or temporary Government, however wisely formed
or prudently administered, is at best uncertain and insecure-permanency
antd strengt.ishould be the basis of
Be it resolved, That in virtue of the powers vested in
the "Provisional Government of Texas" by the Representatives
of the people in convention assembled, and it
is hereby resolved, by the General Council of the Provisional
Government aforesaid, that a Convention of Dekegates
of the people for each Municipality of the three
departments of Texas shall be called, to assemble on the
first day of March next, at the town of Washington.
SEc. 2. Be it further resolved, That the Delegates
elected by the people be clothed with ample, unlimited,
or plenary powers as to the form of goverment to be
adopted: provided, that no Constitution formed shall go
into effect, until the same be submitted to the people and
confirmed by a majority thereof, in such manner as shall
be prescribed by a provision in such instrument.
SEC. 3. Be it further resolved, That the acting Judge,
or in case there be no acting Judge, the Alcalde of each
Municipality be required, and it is hereby made his duty
to issue writs of election to some competent and respectable
citizen of each election district, to hold the election
in the said district on the first day of February, 1836, to
be conducted in the, manner that elections have heretofore
been conducted- -allowing all free white males
andV Mexicans opposed to a Central Government a vote:
provided, that no proxy votes shall be received--excepting,
nevertheless, all the Citizen Volunteers in-the
Army, each of whom shall have a right to his vote, which
he shall write upon paper over his own proper signature,
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Texas (Republic). Secretary of State. Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation, Provisional Government of Texas and the Convention, Which Assembled at Washington March 1, 1836., book, 1838; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45353/m1/77/?q=white: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .