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: 77 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXA-,.
hoped to be countenanced and sustained by the Liberal
party in Mexico,
On the 13th, the committee, which had been charged
with the duty, presented, in full, the plan and form of
the Provisional Government, the outline of which had
been previously adopted.
Gov. Smith, in a very perspicuous and forcible address,
presented to the Consultation a brief sketch of
the existing state and prospects of the country, and a
summary of the important measures which demanded
their consideration. "You have," he remarked, " to
call system from chaos; to start the wheels of Government,
yet impeded by conflicting interests; without
funds, without munitions of war, with an army unprovided,
and contending against a powerful foe." He
recommended the granting of letters of marque and reprisal;
the organization of a corps of Rangers to protect
the frontiers against the savages; the rewarding,
in a liberal manner, foreign volunteers in the service
of Texas; the sending agents to foreign countries,
clothed with special powers for procuring for Texas
the aid of generous foreigners; the establishment of a
tariff and the appointment of revenue officers; the organization
of the militia; and the appointment of a
postmaster-general. All which measures, subsequently,
came under the consideration of the Consultation,
and were adopted.
The main army-which, on the 28th, had encamped
at the Mission of Conception-about the 1st of Novem.
her, took up a position near San Antonio, and com.
menced the siege of that place.
On the 3d, a detachment from a part of the volunteer
army stationed at Goliad, obtained a decisive vic6*
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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/m1/77/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .