Laws of the Republic of Texas, in two volumes. Volume 01. Page: 3
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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
MADE BY THIE
THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS.
GaENERAL CONVENTION, AT WASHINGTON,
On March 2nd, 1836.
WHEN a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty
and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are
derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted;
and so far from being a guarantee for their inestimable and
inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers
for their oppression. When the federal republican constitution
of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer
has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government
has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a
restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a
consolidated central military despotism, in which every interest
is disregarded but that of the army and the priesthood, both the
eternal enemies of civil liberty, the ever ready minions of power,
and the usual instruments of tyrants. When, long after the
spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is at length
so far lost by those in power, that even the semblance of freedom
is removed, and the forms themselves of the constitution
discontinued, and so far from their petitions and remonstrances
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Texas (Republic). Secretary of State. Laws of the Republic of Texas, in two volumes. Volume 01., book, 1838; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45356/m1/3/: accessed July 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .