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: 76 of 227
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HISTORY OF THE
their allegiance to the M6xican Government, so long
as directed by the Constitution and laws, yet, in the
clause "( the Republican principles of the Federal Con.
stitution," there was, in fact, an exception to that alle.
giance. There were parts of the Constitution of Mexico,
particularly that providing for the exclusive sup.
port and toleration of the Roman Catholic religion,
which were not of a Republican character. To these,
the delegates did not pledge their allegiance. The
clause containing this exception, was introduced and
sustained by a few individuals, who, if they were not
at the time in favor of a Declaration of entire Indepen.
dence, believed that such a Declaration would be ulti.
mately and ere long the necessary resort for Texas.
The expediency of the exception made was very ques.
tionable, inasmuch as it might have the effect, and pro.
bably did, of causing distrust in the minds of the Liberal
party in Mexico, of the sincerity of the Texans in their
alleged resort to arms in defence of their Constitutional
rights. The people generally, however, were sincere
to the full extent of their previous declarations; they
would not yet listen to any propositions relating to a
Declaration of Independence of Mexico.
On the 12th, the delegates in Consultation proceeded
to elect a Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, and Council.
Henry Smith was chosen Governor, and J. W. Robinson,
Lieutenant-Governor. The Governor was clothed with
U full and ample executive powers."
Thus had Texas now a head and a government, under
which she might, with more efficiency, call forth her
resources, collect and combine her energies; and that
Government being of a Constitutional character, as well
as absolutely necessary to save her from anarchy, she
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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/m1/76/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .