History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell. Page: 16 of 227
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One of its principal and most liberal members had a
personal dispute, of great warmth, with Iturbide, during
one of the sittings, in which the terms traitor and
usurper were mutually passed. The friends of Liberty
were alarmed at the ascendency which the Generalissimo
had acquired over the military and the populace.
On the night of the 18th of May, the soldiery and populace,
headed by sergeants and corporals, proclaimed
Iturbide Emperor. It was a night of violence, confusion,
and uproar. The seven hundred bells of the capital
pealed from the steeples of monasteries, convents,
and churches; cannon and musketry were fired from
the barracks; and the shouts of the populace proclaimed
that a few soldiers and a city mob had taken it upon
them to decide the fate of Mexico. The session of
Congress on the 19th was held surrounded by bayonets,
and the man who was thus proclaimed by a rabble, in
darkness and tumult, was, by a decree of the Congress,
declared to be Emperor of Mexico.
On the 31st of October following, the Congress was
turned out of doors by an armed force, acting in obedience
to a decree of the Emperor, which declared
Congress to be dissolved, and which vested the legisla.
tive power of the nation in a Junta Instituyente, the
members of which were nominated by himself.
On the 2d of December, Gen. Santa Anna, who com.
manded at Vera Cruz, raised the standard of opposition
to the arbitrary proceedings of Iturbide; and on the
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Newell, Chester. History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell., book, 1838; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6109/m1/16/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .