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: 89 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
having got possession of what cattle and horses they
wanted, on their return they fell in with a part of
Santa Anna's army,-one party, under Johnson, at San
Patricio, where they were, all but two, (Johnson and another
individual,) cut off; the other party, under Grant,
at Aqua Dulce, where they were suddenly attacked
whilst watering th3ir horses and cattle, and cut off to
But the question of a Daclaration of Independence
had now become one of absorbing interest. The opponents
of the measure maintained, that, so long as
the Federal Constitution was in existence, the people
of Texas were bound by their oaths of allegiance to it;
and that so long as there were Liberals in Mexico,
who, influenced by their appeals and gallant bearing,
had staked life and property in support of the Federal
system, they were bound to aid them; that Texas, with
a population of only sixty thousand, already burthened
with a debt of five hundred thousand dollars, and with.
out a dollar in her treasury, would, by a Declaration of
Independence, involve herself in a war with all Mexico,
which might last for years, during which she
would have to maintain a standing army and foreign
relations, which would cost her millions of money, and
that for all this she had no resources; that the idea of
Independence, therefore, was madness. On the other
hand, the advocates of the measure maintained, first,
that the people of Texas had, morally and politically,
the right to declare their Independence; that Governments
are bound as well as subjects, and that if the one
violate their engagements, the other are discharged
from their allegiance; that Santa Anna, having by
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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/m1/89/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .