Telegraph and Texas Register (San Felipe de Austin [i.e. San Felipe], Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 12, Ed. 1, Saturday, January 9, 1836 Page: 1 of 8
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i Sam Felipe le Austin, Satinrday, Jannauy' 9, 1836.
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C Council Hall, San Felipe de Ausiin,
December 11, 1835.
On motion of Mr. Barrett,
1 "Resolved, by the General' Council of the
Provisional Government of Texas, That, as
our liighly esteemed and patriotic fellow-citizen,
general Stephen F. Austin, is about
again to leave his country, to subserve her
interests, and give a higher tone to her des-
.tinies, in the land, of our nativity, as the
friend and public agent of Texas, the grate-
ful respects of this Council, for themselves,
and in behalf of their fellow-citizens, be ten-
dered to general Austin, and that in render-
ing him this just tribute of affection, we are
impressed with a deep sense of his past suf-
ferings ana" privations, while laboring in
our cause, and for our good, in the city of
Mexico, and sympathise in his afflictions
sand almost broken constitution, consequent
mpon a long and painful confinement, for
boldly standing forth for the rights of Texas,
n the strong-hold of her oppressor; and that
we congratulate our country upon being
possessed of such an agent to represent us
among the free sons of the North, in whose
aid we Repose the strongest hopes, in our
present struggle for freedom and existence,
'and that we' extend to him the hand of part-
mg love and greeting, with hopes of his suc-
cess, and speedy return to the bosoms of
his grateful countrymen; and that a copy
of this resolution, signed by the officers and
members of theaGenerai Council, be pre-
ented to general Austin, netore lie parts
rom us, to accomplish the wishes and hopes
of his friends.
JAMES W. ROBINSON,
Lieutenant Governor and
'',' ex-qfficio President of the
jt General Council. ?
J'r. R. R. ROYALL,
V' J. Antonio Padilla,
"u Ja'mes Kerr,
, , William Menifee,
' J.'D Clements,
D. C. Barrett,
- Ira Westover,
"W. P. Harris,
E. M. Pease,
Secretary of General Council.
San Felipe de Austin, Dec. 11, 1835.
I have received with the most lively
emotions of gratitude, the resolution passed
by the honorable Council on this day, ex-
pressing its respect for my acts as the
public agent of Texas, to Mexico, in 1833,
and kind wishes for my health, and success
in the important mission to the United
Nothing but obedience to the call of the
people, which is due from every citizen,
when the country is in danger, could have
induced me to leave here at so critical a
time as this, or to have separated from the
A crisis has arrived in the affairs of
Texas. I am of the opinion that the peo-
ple ought to form a constitution and organ
ize a permanent government, without delay,
in conformity with the declaration of 7th
November last, especially with the 5th arti-
cle, and without making any change in the
principles of that declaration. This can
only be done by a convention of Texas,
elected on the basis of equality of represen
tation, so far as possible to obtain it.
I must take this occasion to express my
thanks for the measures lately adopted to
sustain the volunteer army now in the field,
and also for the aid which has been given
to the native Mexican forces of the federal
party, in conformity with the 2d article of
the declaration of 7th November. I con-
sider these measures to be the most impor-
tant that could have been adopted at this
With the highest respact and most ardent
prayers for the prosperity and happiness of
our country, under a constitutional and per-
manently organized government, I have the
honor to present my best wishes for the
health of the members of the council, indi-
vidually, and to remain,
Their most obedient servant,
S. F. AUSTIN.
To the president and members 1
of the honorable Council. 5
Of the Committee on State and Judiciary,
to whom icas referred the proceedings of
the volunteers of Goliad and Texana.
TO THE HONORABLE THE GENERAL COUN-
CIL OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT
Your committee on state and judiciary,
to whom were referred the proceedings of
the volunteers of Goliad in favor of inde-
pendence, and r.lifi nrnrpprlinnrc nV n nuhlir
(jneeting held at Texana upon the same sub
That the free expression of opinion in
all matters of government, is a right un-
questionable' among a free people. But,
when opinions become declarations, solemn-
ly adopted by a few, adverse to the prin-
ciples, and in their execution destructive of
the very existence of the government, the
right of free discussion is transcended, and
the safety of a whole community jeopardiz-
ed by the premature acts' of a small part.
The last declaration of the volunteers at
Goliad savours greatly of the latter charac-
ter; but is believed to' have been inconside-
rately adopted, without designing to produce
the consequences to the country, inevitable
upon its execution. Of this fact your com-
mittee have been advised by the agents
through whom the document was transmit-
ted to this House, and who had been ap-
pointed to superintend Its publication in the
newspapers of Texas, and which agents,
on being convinced of the evil tendency of
further troubling our citizens by exciting
and distracting subjects, have prudently
agreed to withhold all further publicity, of
which they have apprized their constituents,
and merely request that a copy of their
proceedings be permitted to remain upon
the files of the secretary of this House.
This, your committee advise, may be pro-
The proceedings of the meeting at Te-
xana are without objection, being opinions
offered to their fellow citizens, merely ad-
vising, and lor their consideration.
The question of independence is vastly
interesting and important in itself, and re-
quires deep and long consideration from the
people themselves. The causes and effects
of such a measure should be freely discuss-
ed to be well understood, and no action
should be had upon a subject so vitally im-
portant to the present and future destinies-
of Texas, until the public mind is well in-
formed and harmonized, to meet all conse-
quences firmly, and secure from self-reproach.
The members composing ihe Pro-
visional Government under its existing or-
ganization, as such have no choice in direct-
ing their words and actions. The line of
conduct is plainly defined to tliem ; and,' to
be consistent, and just to themselves, their
words must harmonize with their actions.
All discussions in this House, upon subjects
at variance with its very existence, which
we have severally sworn to support, must be
regarded as forbidden to us here, whatever
our private opinions may be, as to therfiiture
policy to be adopted by the people m Te-
xas. Time, only, can determine the cor-
rectness of any man's views, as regards the
attitude to be assumed by this country, in
her political relations to the world. Offi-
cially we are commanded to "touch not,
handle not, the unclean thing." As we se-
verally fulfil our .solemn obligations to our
country, so shall we be cheered with the;
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Baker & Bordens. Telegraph and Texas Register (San Felipe de Austin [i.e. San Felipe], Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 12, Ed. 1, Saturday, January 9, 1836, newspaper, January 9, 1836; San Felipe de Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth47871/m1/1/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.