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: 59 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
from interest, from occupation, and inclination. They
have uniformly endeavored to sustain the constitution
and the public quiet by pacific means; and have not
deviated from their duty as Mexican citizens. If acts
of imprudence have been committed by individuals, they
resulted from the revolutionary state of the whole nation,
the imprudent and censurable conduct of the State
authorities, and the total want of a local government
in Texas. It is, indeed, a matter of surprize, and source
of creditable congratulation, that so few acts of the kind
have occurred under the peculiar circumstances of the
times. The people o4 Texas, not having originated or
participated in the Revolution in Mexico, their con.
sciences and their hands are free from censure, and
clean. That Revolution is now drawing to a close;
the object is to change the form of government-destroy
the Federal Constitution of 1824, and establish a Cen.
tral or Constitutional Government; the States are to
be converted into provinces. Will this act annihilate
all the rights of Texas, and subject her to uncontrolled
and unlimited dictation? If so, ought the people of
Texas to agree to this change, and surrender all or any
part of their constitutional and vested rights ? These
are questions of vital importance, and demand, in my
opinion, a general consultation of the people. Santa
Anna, as well as other influential men in Mexico, have
declared to me that they are the friends of the people
of Texas, and wish their prosperity, and will do all
they can to promote it; and that, in the new constitu.
tion, they will use their influence to give to Texas a
special organization, suited to their education, habits,
and situation. These declarations afford another rea.
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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/m1/59/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .