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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
to their country's call in 1776 and strike for
the independence of the American 'Colonies,
young Pease was among the most outspoken of
those who precipitated the Texas revolution,
and in a few months was elected secretary of
the Committee of Safety, formed by the people of
Mina, the first of its kind organized in Texas. In
the following September, when couriers from Gonzales
brought an appeal for armed assistance, he
hurried to that place as a volunteer in the company
commanded by Capt. R. M. Coleman, and had the
honor to fire a shot in the first battle and to help
win the first victory of the revolution. In a few
weeks he was granted a furlough on account of
sickness and in the latter part of November went
to San Felipe, where he was elected one of the two
secretaries of the first provisional government of
Texas, in which position he remained until the
government ad interim was organized, under President
Burnet, March 18, 1836.
While he was not a delegate to the convention
that issued the declaration of Texas independence,
he was present at its sessions, was chosen and
served as one of its secretaries and helped to frame
the special ordinance that created the government
ad interim and the constitution for the republic
adopted by it. The latter was formulated subject
to ratification or rejection by the people as soon as
an election could be held for that purpose.
During the summer he served as chief clerk, first
in the navy and then in the treasury department,
and for a short time acted as Secretary of the Treasury
upon the death of Secretary Hardeman.
In November, when Gen. Sam Houston was
President, he was appointed clerk of the Judiciary
Committee of the House of Representatives, and
while in that position drew up most of the laws
organizing the courts, creating county offices and
defining the duties of county officers; also the feebill
and criminal code.
Upon the adjournment of Congress in December
he was tendered the office of Postmaster
General by President Houston, but declined it and
entered the office of Col. John A. Wharton at Bra.
zoria, where he diligently applied himself to the
study of law. He was admitted to the bar at the
town of Washington, in April, 1837, but in June
following was tendered by President Houston and
accepted the office of Comptroller of Public Accounts,
which he filled until December and then
returned to Brazoria, where he formed a copartnership
with Col. Wharton and entered actively
upon the practice of his profession. In 1838, John
W. Harris became associated with them and after
the death of Col. Wharton, which occurred a few
months later, the firm of Harris
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