The Texas Republican. (Brazoria, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 53, Ed. 1, Saturday, September 19, 1835 Page: 1 of 4
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SAN JACINTO RESOLUTIONS)
At a meeting 0f the Citizens of San
Jacinto hfld pursuant to a nrtire on
'Saturday 8th Bay of August 1So5 to
confer upon the present situation ol
public affairs Capt'. Win. Scott was
Called to the chair and Col. David B.
Macomb was appointed Secret nrr.
DaidG. Burnet Esqr. briefly ex-
plained the objects ef tha meeting
It was moved That a committee of
five be appointed to draft resolutions
expresshe of the sense of this meeting
ia relation to tha present enndiion of
the country and the propriety of cal-
ling a General Convention as soon as
The following gentlemen were ap.
pointed said Cmnii!teo:
David G. Burnet
a ' James Ruth
Tha Committee retired and after
con suit anon teparled the following
'preamble and resolutions which were
Whereas we have htard with pro-
found regret that tile federal republi-
can government of Mexico has been
violently dissolved: that the constitu
tions of the several free and intlepeu-
jdent States composing that confedera
tian have been declared abrogate and
void: that the late President of the He-
public General Santa Ana has been
invested vilh extraordinary dictatorial
powers ana a central consolidated gov-
ernment has been established at the
city of Mexico; that the civic militia of
the nation has been disarmed and dis-
banded: that some ef our Sister States
have been invaded by a military force
and the blood of their citizens profuse-
3y shed coerce them into submission to
the new administration: and that a simi-
lar invasion is contemplated and is
now in preparation to be made upon
Texas: therefore the citizens of the
precinct of San Jacinto assembled to
deliberate upon the solemn crisis in
our public affairs have adopted the fol-
lowiug resolutions as indicative of our
"views and feelings: and we do earnest-
ly recommend the mature considera-
tionof the same subject to our fellow
citizens ot Texas generally.
Resolved That the original- prdper
and legitimate objects of Government
are the convenience the happiness and
the -prosperity of the people. That
whereasjl fermof Government sha'l be
nfanifesth proven inadequate to the at-
tainment f these objects it is compes
tent fortheneople to modify amend; or
radically change that form of Govern-
ment These we held to be-obvious
and irrefragable truths and we also
hold if to be equally true that when-
ever apertioa efa people" think prdper
to subvert an established Government
aid tesubstitnte a mere dynasty it be-
loegs ef right to another portion of the
same' people te reject the new systesa
nd adhere to tne oia or io aoopi i
iher form ef Govt. as their circum-
'ifeanees or predilectioms aiay recona-
Bd That taeditsolutienofthegov.
ernment is virhWly a dissolutions ef the
political ttnien; and tke part( wMcl
composed that union beinj eundered
each ene' reverts to its original soVer-
'mnt. That this is emphatically trae
If an association of free and independ-
W HttfM ee was tke tat COD fedora-
tien of Mexicev
Res.lved that confiding in tha cor.
ractness ef the Information we have re-
ceivedrotn Various quarters we con.
sider the federal Republican Govern-
menfof the United Mexican States' as
sub cited dissolved annihilated: "and
that the allegiance of every citizen to
that Government is necessarily ab-
salved unci of no more political or mor-
Resolvtjd that in these painful and
embarrassing' circumstances it be-
conies tn'fl duly of every citizens to de
liberate calmny dispassionately and
icith a full KnotcicP.se of facts and to
scrutinize with a zealous caution the
present condition and the prospective
we'ibeing of Tevas before lie resolved
to precipitate himself and his eeuntry
in all the multiplied and tremendous
horrors ofa civil war.
Resolved That although we consid-
er itpreinature to pronounce definitely
upon the new Government cstabliskeJ
or to Lc established at the city of Mex
ico because the particular constitution
ot that Government has not been made
known fa us we are ready new and
at alt times to declare our utter ab.
hnrancc of any Government that is
purely military iu its character: and
an? now raid st all times re.uly.to resi-l
the impoMtion of sucn a Govcrni -ml
with all the incausaiid all the energies
ttiat providence has confered upon us
That we considce:i erthe turbulence
of a detracted republic incom-
paraViy pielcrablc to the sickly quiet-
ude of 'a military despotism or to the
-till innre odious denomination of a se-
ciil.iri7.ed and ambitious priesthood.
Resolved That wo nevertheless enter
tain ac! coring confidence in the dis-
tmgui'hed leading citirens of our adop-
ted country thai they will not permit
the ltnd of their birth and their affect
ions to loose the dear bot.ght benefits;
of so many revolution by one ingle
rious revolution retrograde: by a sud
den transition from light to t' irkness
from Ijberty to despotism. That they
will op'anize a system of Government
in accoidunco with the spirit ef the
lfj!i rcr.tUrv: a Covornment bnscdt'
on wise r.nn equiiiiniCjiiswsjwnn icn a
diitiibutation of the three cardinal pow
ers as will assure to each individual
all the guarantees necessary to rational
political iiheriy. t
Resolved That we have rrmr.iked
with surprise a d:5i)?:t:un to attribute
the iate movements "i' the General
Government to a recent revolted spec-
ulation in the Lands cf Texas and to
charge the speculators as the authors
ot the present disquietude That we
reprobate all nefarious and fraudulent
speculations in the public domain as
warmly as auy portion of our tallow
citizen;?. can do: but we can procure on-
ly a short sighted puerility in attribu-
ting radical changes iu the Govern
ment ol JZexico. to tho intrigues of a
few speculators in the (own of Jfonclo
va T!iat we hope and believe that the
laws are adequate to the redress of any
wrongs the stale may have sustained
the corruption of its funcionanes or
the no less culpable frauds of its citizens
in relation to its vacant territory.
Resolved That we deem it altojeth-
inexpedient and highly injurious to
court a contest with the Government of
Mexico. That we always have con-
sidered' and do still consider the ag-
gregate Mexican nation the rightful
soverign of the territory we occupy-
That nothing shortvof an obsolute and
deterramate violation of those essential
sacred and unprescriptible rights
which pertain to us as members of so-
ciety should induce the anglcameri-
can ciize'ns' of Texas to abstract them-
selves and the noble soil which the"
Mexican nation has so liberally conce-
ded to them from the soverignty of that
nation. That while we feel it an im-
portant duty to guard over just-rights
and vital interests from all infringe
ment; we also feel it a sacred obliga
tion to preserve onr names untarnish
ed.by the imputation of paricidal ingrat
Resolved that we consider name
as the mere signification of things: and
that weare not so obstinately prejudi-
eed in favor of the term "federal re-
public" as peremptorily and without
enquiry to' reject an otHer government
purely because it lias assumed a' diffe-
rent external sign or denomination.
Resolved that there'arsf certain essential-
sacrevd and' Fmprescriptiblr
ughts which must be' guaranteed- t
every titizen. under any lorm oi( gov
Urnment that can or ought to be tole-
Wbyau imelHnr people whe
know how to estimate the inherent dig.
nityof their nature. That we believe
those fundamental rights may be as
well secured under a consolidated" "as
under a federative "government provi
ded that government bo wisely and li-
Resolved that frequent revolutions
in a nation are greatly to be depreca-
ted That experience has cleariv de.
monstrated thatthe federalrepub!ican
systetn.pl Jfpxic.bas. been utterly jnv
sufficient to restrain the corrupt ambi
tion of turbulent and factious men to
preserve the internal tranquility: to.'cf.
feet the happiness: er to advance the
prosperity of tlie nation That that
farm of" government is intrnnieallv
complex requiring for its harmonieu"'
and cfhcient operation an unusal de
rec of general knowledge and pi
sound moral sentiment in the people at
mrge That in our native country
which justly boasts of its diffused in.
elligence and high moral feeling ii.
lustrious patriots differ in their con
structionof ihe relative powers ofthu
general and state government and find
he involvements of ihe federal system
too intricate for coincidence of opinion
and too perplexed for unit)' of action
Resolved that although we hold the
proposition set forth in the preceding
resolutions to be true and sf special
application to our president political
condiliou we do not feel prepared with
our imperfect knowledge of factto
make an' definite and.cbnclusive elect
ion touching tlte new form of Govern
incut that may be established at tha
city of Mexico: cither to rejoct or to
Resolved that 'the dissolution of a
Government doci nor of necessity
requisite that the constituent parts of
the nation should finally separate
That the abstiuct right to do a thing
dons not always render the doing of it.
wise or commendable 1 hat although
'he citizens of Texas may have the pj
Uticnl right to reject the nefr t-ov-erumsnt
of Mexico and to adopt
one more consoiuuu to their habits. ami
feelings wn ae ygry sorlqusly 'ql'CSiion
the policy of doing so" unless cons!-ain.
ed bv imperious' circumstances such
as ive trust do not and will not exist.
That as allotted citizens s oujht to
exercise een our absolute right; with
some dtltiditice and with a peruliai
regsrri to tne moral oaiigations mat may
i est upon us.
Rcolvod That inasmuch as it is im-
pract.cable for a people so dispersed as
arc the citizens of Texas to act collect-
ively and in unison cJn any public cxi-
"enry rehiring deliberation and jn-
terchrnga of opinions we conceive it
expedient that a convention to ionsist
of two delegates from each precinct be
elected and to assemble with all con-
venient expedition ai the town of Ssn
Felipe de Austin or some other con teu-
ient point to confer pn the state of jub-
lic affairs: to devise and carry into ex-
ecution such measures as maj be
necessary to preserve good order and
the due administration of the lats; to
collect and distribute informatics re
lalivc to the nature and the opcntib'ns
of the new Government of Mexico to
communicate with the authorities of
that Government; and to adopt anil car-
ry into execution such ultimate iheas
urcs as in their wisdom may seem
meet and proper in the-prcsent emer-
gency; and conducive to tho aubjt an-
tial permanent welfare of Texas; strict
i..t it" . ..
ly enjoying it upon each and all of the
delegates so to be convened to pre-
serve by all possible means compati-
ble with the character ofa free people
the peace of Texas and the UitU$.ef ih
On motion it was
Resolved That this meeting nomin-
ate and appoint two suitable individuals
to represent this precinct in Ctencral
convention; whereupon tho fojlowing
gentlemen were x appointed; David
G. Burnet David -B. Macbmh
On motion it was" v j
Resolved That a copy of thteo pro
ceedings with the preamble aril reso
lutions be transmitted to the IUitical
Chief of the Department and slso te
the Editor of the Texas Republican
with a request that they be published
in that paper.
- W?. SCOTT CnAnciAX.
David R. Macomb" Secretary. '
T. M. THOMPSON'S PROCAMA-
HON to tho citizens of Anahnrc &c.
Having seen by advertiseme ts i
ted m front ot the principal. ptjm
Having seen by advertisements pos
this city signed by Judges Williams (that the property 01 ;..c eu-r .;ers
and Hardinge under the pretence of I was oidered to b6 put ashore ai.d the
having i eceived oidjrs from the Gefe I vessel takennlongside the Correo and
politico of these districts anil having fu j refitted and the two subscribers' A. C.
my possesion a copy of a written docu I Allen and A. J. Yates further state
riient purporting to be signed by H. S. that they were subsequently informed
Rueg dated Nacogdoches "July 3rd jby an officer on the bourcT the Corroo
1835 ordering the inhabitants of this I tha'tjfie said Thompson did not take-
place and its Viciutry-jo meet and jaaidsloop for the pirposo of "sending
elert ffinnrq fnr thft nnrruaA nfnrnrnni. f her to Matninoras. hut mnrolv in
zing a militia all of which are confrary
to the law 6f the Government. Beit
therefore Known that I T. M. Thomp..
son commander of the Mexican United
State schooner of war Corrooniowat
anchor in this port do warn all good
citizens froii attending such nteetings
and that none may plead icnorance
1 iiereafter do hereby publish "and des
clare in tho name of the Mexican Na
tion all sucli meetings to bo illegal.dan-
gerous unncssiry and contrary to the
Constitutions. The General Congress
nave passed a law which is now in
ibicc ordering every state to desband
their Militia and I here find that in de-
fiance of the Government 3'ou are or-
ganizing and arming yourselves and
have forcibly seized upon the arms of
the Mexican nation. And for what?
They tell you of dangcrSt hat do not
exist all Mexico is at peace and will
continue to he so if vottr own rashness
do not lead you aslrav. Citizens of
xnahuac He ware! listen not to men
who have no home who have no family
who have nothing to loose in case of ci-
vil war and who by merely Crossing
the Sabine can put themselves" out of
the power of the MexicatiaNatfon leav-
ing yourselves wives and children a
prev to the infuriated Soldier without
protection and without fnencK-. Citi
zens of Anahuac! remain at home cccu
pv yourselves in your daily avocations
for the mnintainaucc of your family
have confidence in the General Gov-
ernment and ail will yet he well. Will
all due ro'.pcct aid confiding fully
your good judgment I subscribe my
self vour esteemed friend
citizen on hoard.
God and Libetty.
. " THOMAS M.TlioMl'SON.
VntAsbo August 2fiih IS35.
The uudeisigned citizens of tho .De-
partment of Nacogdoches m Texas do
heicby ceitif that on or about the 25th
of July they sailed in company with
cveral other pcrs-ons from the Town
of Anahui'c to vit.it several places on
Galveston Ray and that Capt. Thcmus
M. Ihompson Commander ot tho
Mexican Schooner of War Correo
then laying at anchor in said Ray
weighed anchor on the same day and
invited ourselves and party on board
his schooner as we sailed together
down the Hay which invitation was ac-
cepted and while on hoard said schr.
the owner of tho sloop in which wc sai-
led requested Capt. Thompson to give
him a permit for his sloop to proceed
in a few days to Velasco with the sub-
scribers; which permit he Capt. .T.
promised to give at Galveston Island.
On our arrival at said island a few daj s
after however the Capt. sent his boat
out to us but sent no permit and pro-
ceeded the next day to sea stating that
lie was bound for Matamoras. In the
course of conversation on board the
Schr. the Capt. said to us that he was
authorized to cruize from Matamoras
along the coast K the Sahino river
that he was flic CorrfniFdirit of the
ports included in those lins.
And the subscribers further certify
that on or about the lOtfi inst. they had
engaged tho sloop before mentioned to
sail from An'ahuac for Velasco and had
put their property and provisions on
board but were prevented from sailing
by h'eud-winds that during this their
delay Capt. Thompson returned to
Ananuac and embargoed the sloop in
which the subscriber: had intended to
sail although there was at the same
time a schooner of about the same size
and more sea worthy lying idle irr tho
port that the said Thompson being
called on for an explanation said that
he had fallen in with Capt. Pettit of
the Schooner Bravo who had given
him despatches from General C03 di
recting to return to the Bay of Galves-
ton and await .the arrival of troop3 ot
that place and that having important
despatches and officers onboard his
vessel tor Matamoras he was under
I the necessity of having a vessel foi
that purpose' and that no other than.tli'
.taQ'.lio bad taken would aaSWer)
cruize on Galveston Bay and further
said that Capt. Pettft dad given C'aut.
ihompson no" new d-jpalclies and itis
m the knowledge of all tlid subscribers
from the owner of the sloiip or his ag.
cnt 'hat said owner fearful of loosing
s vessel entirely proposed to T. that
he should purchase her and T. ofibicd
one hundorcd dollars there for whicii
arnaum said owner was compelled to
accept though the same was r.ol con.
sidcrcd more ihan half her value. And
iaidT. further s.ated 10 the subscribers
ih at he had declared tho port ot (ho
Brazos in a -"tate of Blockade s.:td
should fake all vessels entering there
as prizes that he I tad notii.td Capt.
Pettit to that cffecfJnd ahcr..id take
him if he fell in" with him. That the
Steam Boat Cavi'sa was also a prie.
and he intended :o take hvr as such ai
ihe first opportunity. That lie had
lauded 1100 troops a Copano and that
a t'ii!i and sufficient force under Gener-
al Co.s would be immedia.ely introdu-
ced into Toa to rbtam it in .snbnns-.
tion. Audi. N. Morelaiid one of tne
subscribers hereto further said tnat
ah 'heard the sdid T. offer cna thous.
mil dollars reward for'the apprehen-
sion and delivery of ?Ir. Travis to him
and adding thereto;lhat he Thr-mpson
would iwingsuid i ravisT at Jus yard
arm in less than half an hour after his
delivery; and A. C. Allen fullher
states that lie applied to raid Thompson
for a permit for the small schooner ty-
ing in said Bay Jo proceed to clusco
with the subscribers and rrtiirn with
5 barrels of flour and 13 bus ofcu'Fee
of which articles the families and
s.ores in An-ihuac were nearly destitute
at tne time and i-aid Titun.ps.ou res
ed -iich p(trmn.' .And '-Ae-Buojr?.y
bors further say thst th&y '.ivc ..' tnt
said Thompson repeatedly say hnr 1.9
intended to tiikr all the 'jegro slaves n
the country that le could get in 1 3
pojtession and offer th"m iiieir uh: -tv
after one year's .-.- -. an' .'at
there were no slaves Icgallyjndented in
And said Moroland further says that
he heard said Thompson say that all
vessels and pei sous on board t.ieieof;
found sailing in the waters of Texas or
on its.co.ist without a permit from him.
or in In absence from the Captain of
the Port when found werp liable to bo"
seized and pressed into the Mexican;
service. ' j-
A. J. YATES .
1. N. MQREL-iND
A. C. ALLEN.
. . Sorn and subscribed bcforc.me;
J. Ehows Comissario; August 2Bth
TO THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS'
who are accustomed to think for
themselves and are guided by the
common principles cf honor and hon."
Mr. T. J. Chambers who styles him.
self JudgeColonel &cA:c in v. long
circular he wrote datcdt Monclova
January 19th? 1334 says among many
other things which afford infallible ovi.
deuce of his unlimited . vanity and of
the badness of his. heart what follows:
"The p'rotecting hand of Providence
has surely been at work in directing
the destinies of Texas for within tho
lapse ofa very short period many sig
nal and extraordinary changes havo oc-
curred which cannot fail to pcqduoc a'
happy result for that "country. A Ternn
the most subtle cpolly politic daricj.
aeierminea ana consequently mo mqsi
dangerous enemy ve ever have vhadi-
fell by his own" haixltth"e victim of his
own unholy passions and ambition. A
Bradburn the opprcslor of his c.ojtntrj'-
men and a Picdras the habitual caluhr-
mator ot the American .Colonists aro
disgraced. andpowerles.s. Many of our.
enemies have taltea by the cholera and
it has broken a league which was form"
ed to empede purfo'wtbTand prosper
itv to fatten upon our poertj't' and
which reached fn an unbroken chum
from Texas'.to' the city of Mexico O
there have enVanglcd theraIvos in the
net which . they theinse'.vea have
I wrought to throw over m and. tkev
I writhff like ih' jt&Vf taji-g
. .-. . ..r j-.i.
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