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: 90 of 227
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IIISTOAY OF THE
force of arms overthrown the Federal institutions of
Mexico, and dissolved the social compact which had
existed between Texas and the other members of the
confederacy, Texas was no longer, morally or politically,
bound by that compact; that the doctrine of the
reciprocal obligations of the governor and the governed,
is an elemental part of national law, recognized
and enforced by all the standard writers on that law;
and that the same doctrine was at the foundation of
the English Revolution in 1688, which banished the
Stuart family from the throne; for which, the reason
assigned by the British Parliament in declaring the
abdication of James the Second, was, 4that King
James the Second" has "endeavored to subvert the
Constitution of the kingdom by breaking the original
compact between King and people." Secondly, they
maintained that it was expedient to declare Independence;
that Texas, placed between the Sabine and the
Rio Grande, on the threshold of the Mexican gulf,
with a long line of sea coast, a soil rich in all the productions
of the South, and intersected by numerous
rivers, had within herself all the elements of prosperity
and means of greatness, with a distinct political orbit
to move in, assigned her by the God of Nature himself;
that by a Declaration of Independence, Texas
would have the advantage of " full power to levy war,
contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other
acts which independent States may of right do;" that
the late achievements of their volunteer army, under
all the discouraging circumstances, with the countenance
and aid they were receiving from the United
States, was a pledge to the people of Texas of their
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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/m1/90/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .