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the Commissioners on behalf of the Convention of
the people of Texas, to transact the necessary
business respecting the disposition of the Federal
I am, gentlemen, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
U. A. NICHOLS,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS,
SAN ANTONIo, February 9, 1S61.
SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 20.
A Military Commission, to consist of Major
David H. Vinton, Quartermaster, Major Sackfield
Macklin, Paymaster, and Captain Robert H. K.
Whiteley, Ordnance Department, is hereby appointed
to meet the Commissioners on behalf of
the Convention of the People of Texas, Messrs.
Thomas J. Devine, Samuel A. Maverick, and P.
N. Luckett, at such times and places as may be
agreed upon, to transact such business as relates
to the disposition of the public property, upon the
demands of the State of Texas. By order of
Brevet Major-Gen. TWIGGS.
U. A. NICHOLS,
SAX ANTONIO, February 9, 1861.
GENTLEMEN: We have the honor to acknowledge
the receipt of your communication of this
control of the General in command, belonging to
the Federal Government.
If an affirmative answer is not given to this demand,
the following questions are submitted for
your consideration, and answers to the same are
Do you consent and agree to the following stipulations
1st. That everything under the control of the
Commanding General in the Department of Texas
shall remain in statu quo, until the second day
of March next ?
2d. That no movement, change of position, or
concentration of the troops shall take place ?
3d. That none of the arms, ordnance, military
stores, or other property, shall be disposed of before
that time-ordinary consumption excepted ?
4th. That upon the second of March, the public
property in Texas shall, without delay, be delivered
up to the undersigned or such other Commissioners
who may be authorised to act on behalf
of the Convention?
An answer is respectfully required.
We remain, gentlemen, very respectfully,
Your obedient servants,
THOMAS J. DEVINE,
S. A. IAVERICK,
P. N. LUCKETT,
Commissioners on behalf of the Convention.
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or any hour this afternoon, for meeting you to
consider the business connected with our several To Messrs. Thomas J Devine, S. A. Maverick,
commissions. We regret that we have not been P. N Luckeett, Commissioners on behalf of the
able to conform to your appointment. The want Conrention of the People of Texas:
of instructions from Major-Gen. Twiggs, delayed GENTLEMEN: We, the Military Commission, apby
untoward circumstances, will prevent our meet
pointed by Maor-General Twigs, have had the
ing you to-day; but we will, if it suits your con-honor to receve your communication of the eleventh
inst., while in convention, demanding of us,
venience, have the honor to receive ou at Gen.enth st le convention, demanding of us,
Twigs's office, on Monday, at nine o'clock A.M., "in the name and by the authority of the sovto
enter upon the business you may then lay be
ereign people of Texas, in Convention assembled,
fore us. a delivery of "all arms of every description, miWe
are, gentlemen, most respectfully, litary stores, including quartermaster's, commisYour
obedient servants, sary and medical stores, and public moneys, and
D. H. VINTON everything else under the control of the General
Major and Quartermaster. in command, belonging to the Government;" addSACKFIELD
MACKLIN, ing that, " if an affirmative answer is not given to
Paymaster U. S. Army. this demand," you submit the following questions
R. H. K. WHITELEY, for our consideration and reply, viz.:
aptain of Ordnance. "Do you consent and agree to the following
To Messrs. T. J. DEVINE, SAMUEL A. MAVERICK, stipulations
P. N. LUCKETTr "1st. That everything under the control of the
Commissioners on behalf of the People of the State of Texas, 1 That in the control of the
San Antonio, Texas. General commanding in the Department of Texas,
shall remain in statu quo, until the second day
SAN ANTONIo, February 11, 1861. of arch next ?
To faojor D. H. Vinton, Sackfield Aacklin, 2d. That no movement, change of position, or
Capt. R. K. Whiteley, Military Commission: concentration of the troops shall take place?
GENTLE.MEN: The undersigned, by virtue of the "3d. That none of the arms, ordnance, military
powers vested in them, do now demand of you, stores, or other property, shall be disposed of bein
the name and by the authority of the sovereign fore that time, ordinary consumption excepted ?
people of the State of Texas, in Convention as
"4th. That upon the second of March, the pubsembled,
as they have heretofore demanded of lic property in Texas shall, without delay, be deBrevet
Major-Gen. Twiggs, Commanding in the livered up to the undersigned, or such other ComDepartment
of Texas, a delivery of all the arms missioners who may be authorised to act on beof
every description, military stores, including half of the Convention ?"
quartermaster's, commissary and medical stores, To the first of the foregoing interrogatories, we
and public moneys, and everything else under the have the honor to state, that we are willing that
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Sprague, John Titcomb. The treachery in Texas, the secession of Texas, and the arrest of the United States officers and soldiers serving in Texas. Read before the New-York Historical Society, June 25, 1861. By Major J. T. Sprague, U. S. A., book, 1862; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6102/m1/17/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .