A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 41
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUVNTIE.4.
After much controversy, especially in
regard to the disposition of the captive
President of Mexico, a treaty was entered
into by President Burnett and most of his
cabinet and Santa Ana; but the clause
providing for the release of the latter was
bitterly objected to, and at one time the
matter bid fair to be the cause of serious
troubles and internalcomplications. During
these times a number of captures of vessels
on the coast near Copano were made,
especially by Captain Burton, who commanded
a company of mounted rangers.
Cavalry does not seem to be the best arm
of the service in naval warfare, but this
bold captain used very ingenious stratagems
to induce passing vessels to stop at
Copano, when his men would step aboard
and take possession in the name of the
Republic of Texas.
On July 23 the President issued a proclamation,
in accordance with the power
vested in him, for an election for President,
Vice-President and members of Congress,
to be held on the first Monday in
September, which election resulted in the
selection of Sam Houston for President,
and Mirabeau B. Lamar, Vice-President.
In due time these officials were inaugurated,
and thus the wheels of the new
government were set in motion, and another
star in the galaxy of nations shone
At the inauguration of President Houston
he presented the Speaker of the House
his sword, with the following remarks:
iqit now becomes my duty to make a presentation
of this sword, the emblem of my
past office. I have worn it with some
humble pretensions in defense of my
country; and should the danger of my
country again call for my services 1 expect
to again resume it and respond to
that call, if needful, with my blood and
life." The historians have somewhat criticised
this little grandiloquent speech, saying
that as he had resigned his office as
Commander-in-Chief on May 5, and had
just been re invested, by virtue of his
position as President of the Republic,
with the command of not only the army
but also the navy, they cannot see the propriety
of the resignation. But then a
statesman and a fighter like Sam Houston
is entitled to say almost anything lhe
pleases. He gave evidence of the genuineness
of the mettle of which he was
composed. Pericles was not only the
greatest general of his time in Greece,
but also the vainest man.
Santa Ana was still held as a prisoner
after the commencement of the administration
of Houston, and the question what
to do with him was still agitated; but the
President cut the Gordian knot by sending
him to Washington city, where he was
finally released; and after all the magnanimity
shown him lie repeated his former
butcheries by ordering several parties of
Texans shot after they had been captured.
Several attempts were made at different
times to invade Texas Filisola, stationed
on the Rio Grande, was about entering
Texas, but the revolution under Montezuma
gave the Mexicans enough to do at
home. Trouble was experienced by the
appearance of a Mexican fleet in the Gulf,
and many captures occurred. These were
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/43/: accessed May 27, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.