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: 44 of 227
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HISTORY OF THE
tenance of their own and their children's rights. This
was a great work before them, and attended with
greater difficulties, owing to the existing jealousy of the
Mexican Government; and when they now set about
it, it was not separation from that Government which
they sought, but to be constituted rather one of its
sovereign unities, having the management of their local
affairs in their own hands. They had been completely
trammelled in their connection with Coahuila; the ne.
cessity of a separation had been long felt, and had been
considerably agitated in 1830. Moreover, Texas having
by a law of the 7th of May, 1824, been united to Coa.
huila conditionally only, until she should possess the
requisite elements to form a State by herself, and
having now those elements, had a right to claim a
separation from Coahuila, and to be admitted as a State
of the Mexican confederacy.
The first step the Texans therefore took, was to pro.
vide for the assembling of a convention of the People.
This convention assembled at San Felippe, where it held
its sessions during the latter part of the year 1832 and
the beginning of 1833. At this convention was drawn
up a constitution for the " State of Texas," which is
alike creditable to the understanding and loyalty of its
authors; a petition also to the General Government,*
which fully and ably represented the evils of a connec.
tion with Coahuila, and the reasons why Texas should
become a State by itself. The Constitution, as it forms
no part of the history of the times, except in the fact
of its being drawn up and forwarded to the General
Government, it is not necessary farther to notice; nor
* See Appendix, No. 3.
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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/m1/44/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .