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: 61 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
for the arrest in any manner of a citizen of Texas,
would have been a disrespect to the citizens generally;
but that the issuing an order which was to be forci.
bly executed, and at all hazards, was an outrage upon
the civil authorities of the country and upon the Constitution.
The next and last of the leading causes alluded
to, was an order received from Gen. Cos in the course
of the month of September, requiring the citizens of
Brazoria, Columbia, Velasco, and other places, to de.
liver up their arms to the Mexican authorities : thus attempting
to carry out in Texas the plan adopted by
Santa Anna, and put in execution in many parts of
Mexico, of disarming those whom he suspected of being
disaffected to his Government. This, with the last
mentioned cause, showed the people of Texas what
sort of government they were to expect-that of the
bayonet, and the entire sway of the military.
By the operation of these causes, the people of West.
ern Texas, during the month of September, became almost
unanimous in favor of maintaining their rights.
The plan adopted was, " to insist on their rights under
the Federal Constitution of 1824, and the law of the
7th of May of that year, and union with Mexico."
They re.organized, and established committees of safety
and vigilance; of which the one at San Felippe do
Austin was the centre of influence, where Gen. Austin
was in person, watching every movement in the coun.
try, and carefully weighing every rumor from abroad.
On the 19th, this committee issued a circular, inform.
ing the people that intelligence of the most unquestion.
able character had been received, that Gen. Cos, who
was to have left Matamoras on the 1st instant, was
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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/m1/61/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .