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of a Convention in 1833, to draft a State Constitution for Texas.
A draft of a Constitution was prepared by that illegal Assembly,
and AUSTIN was deputed to be its bearer to the capital of the republic,
to apply for its ratification by the general Congrress. The
then existing Constitution of Coahuila and Texas, as I have before
shown, contained an express prohibition of slavery, but no referece
Cvhatever 1was made to it iin thle o)e p'olsed Jor Texa.s. For
this, and other important reasons, it was promptly rejected.
AUSTIN then recommended an immediate organization, which was
an act of treason in itself, and for this, as lie himself confesses, he
was properly arrested. He then, having discovered his folly, recommended
the adoption of conciliatory measures, and at length
was liberated, upon his engagement that lie would exert himself to
secure obedience to the laws. AUSTIN visited New Orleans on his
way home to Texas, and there, forgetting his solemn promises, the
future plans of operation against Miexico were concocted. He
was accompanied to Texas by some daring adventurers. An
army was immediately organized, and the Mexican revenuecutters
were seized. The troops under the command of General
Cos, who had been sent thither to enforce the laws, were defeated.
Expeditions were fitted out from Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky,
and annexation to the United
States immediately proposed.
I scarcely think it necessary to show the course which the Government
of the United States pursued in reference to Texas,
beyond stating the fact, that it was claimed, when Mr. ADAMS was
President, as part of Louisiana, which had been ceded to the
United States by France; that this preposterous claim was abandoned,
and that Mr. POINSETT, then in MIexico, was instructed to
offer the MIexican Govelnment, impoverished by intestine quarrels,
10,000,000 dollars as a loan,-Texas being held as a mortgage
for its re-payment. This proposition was rejected with indignation,
and tle intriguing POINSETT obliged to flee fiom Mexico,
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Scoble, John. Texas, its claims to be recognised as an independent power by Great Britain : examined in a series of letters, book, 1839; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6108/m1/43/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .