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: 221 of 227
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No. 6.-Proclamation of Samuel Houston, Comnailiex4n.Chief
of the Army of Texas,
HEAD QUARTERS, Washington, Dec. 12, 1835.
CITIZENS OF TEXAS-Your situation is peculiarly calculated to
call forth all your manly energies. Under the Republican Constitution
of Mexico, you were invited to Texas, then a wilderness.
You have reclaimed and rendered it a cultivated country. You
solemnly swore to support the Constitution and its laws. Your
oaths are yet inviolate. In accordance with them, you have fought
with the Liberals against those who sought to overthrow the Constitution
in 1832, when the present usurper was the champion of
Liberal principles in Mexico. Your obedience has manifested your
integrity. You have witnessed with pain the convulsions of the
interior, and a succession of usurpations. You have experienced
in silent grief the expulsion of your members elect from the State
Congress. You have realized the horrors of anarchy, and the dictation
of military rule. The promises made to you have not been
fulfilled. Your memorials for redress of grievances have been dies
regarded; and the agents you have sent to Mexico have been im.
prisoned for years, without enjoying the rights of trial according
to law. Your constitutional Executive has been deposed by the
bayonets of a mercenary soldiery, while your Congress has been
dissolved by violence, and its members either fled or were arrested
by the military force of the country. The Federation has been dissolved-the
Constitution declared at an end, and Centralism has
been established. Amidst all these trying vicissitudes you remained
loyal to the duty of citizens, with a hope that Liberty would
not perish in the Republic of Mexico. But while you were fondly
cherishing this hope, the Dictator required the surrender of the
arms of the civic militia, that he might be enabled to establish, on
the ruins of the Constitution, a system of policy which would forever
enslave the people of Mexico. Zakatecas, unwilling to yield
her sovereign rights to the demand, which struck at the root of all
liberty, refused to disarm her citizens of their private arms. Illfated
State! her power, as well as her wealth, aroused the ambition
of Santa Anna, and excited his cupidity. Her citizens became
the first victims of his cruelty, while her wealth was sacrificed
in payment for the butchery of her citizens. The success of
the usurper determined him in exacting from the people of Texas
submission to the Central form of Government; and, to enforce his
plan of despotism, he despatched a military force to invade the
Colonies, and exact the arms of the inhabitants. The citizens refused
the demand, and the invading force was increased. The
question then was, shall we resist oppression and live free, or
violate our oaths, and wear a despot's stripes ? The citizens of
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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/m1/221/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .