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: 60 of 227
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son for a general consultation, that the people may determine
what organization will suit their education,
habits, and situation. Such a crisis has arrived, as to
bring it home to the judgment of every man, that something
must be done. The constitutional rights of
Texas ought to be maintained; and, jeopardized as
they are, demand a general consultation of the people.
This advice of Austin worked like leaven; the people
rapidly came over in sentiment to the rescue of
their rights. This movement was greatly accelerated
by another of the exciting causes already alluded to,
which operated to bring about a change in the public
sentiment. Soon after the publication of the address
of Gen. Austin, intelligence was received of an order
from Cos, then at Bexar, for the forcible arrest
of certain citizens of Texas, particularly Lorenzo de
Zavala. This gentleman had sought an asylum in
Texas, from the persecutions of the existing administration
in Mexico. His offence was unknown, except
that he was the known friend of free institutions.
This man, the authorities in Texas were required, by
a military mandate, to surrender into the hands of
Gen. Cos; who, in his zeal to secure his person, had
addressed an order to Col. Ugartechea, commandant
at Bexar, to march into the Colonies and take him, at
the risk of losing all the force he should employ. The
deserts, however, neither of Zavala nor of the other
citizens, whose surrender was ordered, was with the
people of Texas a question. They believed that the order
had been given in a total disregard of their constitutional
rights, and that they were bound not to obey
it. They believed that the issuing a military mandate,
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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/m1/60/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .