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: 37 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
in alleged contravention of the law of the 6th of
April, 1830. Even if it were in contravention of that
law, as it was not allowed to be by the Governor of
Coahuila and Texas, the imprisonment by the military
of a civil officer, whilst in the peaceable discharge of
the duties of his office, and without trial, was evident.
ly unconstitutional and oppressive, and done in disregard,
if not contempt, of both law and right.
The next unconstitutional act of the military in
Texas, was the annulling of one Ayuntamiento, legally
established by the authority of the Government of the
State of Coahuila and Texas, and the substitution of
another without authority from that Government and
without consulting it; and subsequently, when, by the
authority of the same Government, there was about to
be an election of officers of the Ayuntamiento so annulled,
a military commandant issued orders forbidding
the election, and threatening military force if it were
The next and last oppressive act of the military,
during the period now under consideration, which
struck at the root of Liberty in the Colonies, was the
arrest and imprisonment of several Anglo.American
Colonists. To this it was impossible that Americans
should submit. They did not submit; but, in that manly,
firm, and determined manner which has characterised
their ancestors in their great struggle for liberty, with.
out noise and confusion, and almost without precon.
cert, they armed, assembled, and appeared before the
garrison in which their fellow-citizens had been im.
prisoned, and there demanded redress, which, if re.
fused, they were about to take into their own hands.
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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/m1/37/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .