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: 68 of 227
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HISTORY OF TfE
Dictator; and that Texas, having preserved its alle.
giance inviolate-having failed to obtain promised
benefits-its constitutional rights at an end, and threatened
with arbitrary power,--was compelled to assume
an attitude of defence; that her only object was the
attainment of national liberty, the freedom of religious
opinion, and just laws.
About the same time, Lorenzo de Zavala, formerly
Governor of Mexico, and late Minister to France, arrived
at San Felippe, and took his seat as chairman of
the committee of safety, in the place of Gen. Austin,
who retired to take command of the army assembling
at Gonzales. Zavala, perfectly acquainted with the
whole history of Mexico, and with the character and
motives of the men in power there, contributed much
to enlighten and direct the public sentiment in Texas.
He represented the military as the regulating power in
Mexico'; that the situation of the Mexican Nation was
that of the greatest confusion and disorder; that certain
military chiefs, at the head of whom was Santa Anna,
having under them from fifteen to twenty thousand
hireling soldiers, and knowing no law but that of the
sword and violence, had forcibly put down all the constitutional
and civil authorities; that the various acts
of usurpation committed by Santa Anna, as the head
of the Government, particularly the final blow aimed
at the institutions of Mexico on the day of the destruc.
tion of the State Legislatures, was sufficient to destroy
all claim to obedience; and thai the fundamental compact
having been dissolved, and all the guarantees of
the civil and political rights of citizens destroyed, it
was incontestable that Texas, and all the States of the
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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/m1/68/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .