The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 1,063
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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
MADE BY THE
DELEGATES OF THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS
GENERAL 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 re]public, 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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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5872/m1/1071/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .