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Return to the Republic of Texas San Felipe de Austin Convention

 

 

DECLARATION

OF THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS,

In General Convention Assembled.

Whereas, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, and other military chieftains, have, by force of arms, overthrown the Federal Institutions of Mexico, and dissolved the social compact which existed between Texas and the other members of the Mexican Confederacy; now the good People of Texas, availing themselves of their natural rights,

SOLEMNLY DECLARE,

1st That they have taken up arms in defence of their rights and liberties, which are threatened by the encroachments of military despots, and in defence of the republican principles of the Federal Constitution of Mexico, of 1824.

2d. That Texas is no longer morally or civilly bound by the Compact of Union; yet, stimulated by the generosity    and sympathy common to a free people, they offer their support and assistance to such

of the members of the Mexican Confederacy, as will take up arms against military despotism.

3d. That do not acknowledge that the present authorities of the nominal Mexican Republic have the right to govern within the limits of Texas.

4th. That they will not cease to carry on war against the said authorities, whilst their troops are within the limits of Texas.

5th That they hold it to be their right, during the disorganization of the Federal System, and the reign of despotism to withdraw from the Union, to establish an independent government, or to adopt such measures as they may deem best calculated to protect their rights and liberties ; but that they  will continue faithful    to the Mexican government, so long as that nation is governed by the Constitution and laws that were formed for the government of the Political Association.

6th. That Texas is responsible for the expenses of her armies, now in the field.

7th. That the public, faith of Texas is pledged for the payment of any debts contracted by her agents.

8th. That she will reward any donations in land, all who volunteer their services in her present struggle, and receive them as citizens.

THESE DECLARATIONS we solemnly avow to the world, and call God to witness their truth and sincerity, and invoke defeat and disgrace upon our heads should we prove guilty of duplicity.

B. T. ARCHER, President.

Municipality of Austin.

THOMAS BARNETT,

WYLY MARTIN,

RANDALL JONES,

WM. MENIFER,

JESSE BURNAM.

Municipality of Matagorda.

 R. R. ROYALL,

CHARLES WILSON.

Municipality of Washington.

ASA MITCHELL

PHILLIP COE,

ELIJAH COLLARD,

JESSE GRIMES,

A. HOXIE.

Municipality of Mina.

J. S. LESTER,

D. C. BARRETT,

R. M. WILLIAMSON.

Municipality of Columbia.

HENRY SMITH,

 EDWIN WALLER,

 J. S. D. BYROM,

 JOHN A. WHARTON,

 W. D. C. HALL.

Municipality of Harrisburg.

LORENZO DE ZAVALA,

WM. P. HARRIS,

C. DYER,

MERIWETHER W. SMITH,

JOHN W. MOORE,

D. B. MACOMB.

November 7, 1835.

Municipality of Gonzales.

J. D. CLEMENS,

 BENJAMIN FUQUA,

JAMES HODGES,

WILLIAM ARRINGTON,

 WILLIAM S. FISHER,

 G. W. DAVIS.

Municipality of  Viesca.

S. T. ALLEN,

A. G. PERRY,

J. G. W. PIERSON,

ALEXANDER THOMPSON,

 J. W. PARKER.

Municipality of Nacogdoches.

SAMUEL HOUSTON,

DANIEL PARKER,

JAMES W. ROBERTSON,

 WILLIAM WHITAKER.

Municipality of Bevil.

JOHN BEVIL,

S. H. EVERETT,

 WYATT HANKS.

Municipality of San Augustin.

A. HOUSTON,

WM. N. SIGLER,

 A. E. C. JOHNSON,

 A. HORTON,

MARTIN PALMER,

 HENRY AUGUSTIN,

A. G. KELLOGG.

Municipality of Liberty.

J. B. WOODS,

A. B. HARDIN,

HENRY MILLARD,

C. WEST.

P. B. DEXTER, Secretary.

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