Description[Texas Revolution] Elisha M. Pease Document Letter Signed Twice as secretary of the Texas General Council. One page, 8" x 9.5", March 3, 1836, Council Hall, Washington [-on-the-Brazos]. In November 1835 as many Texians wavered between support of the Mexican federal Constitution of 1824 or independence, the Consultation met and set up a provisional government comprised of a General Council, which included one representative from each Texas municipality, a governor, and lieutenant governor. According to this document which concerns salaries, "the Salary of the Governor was fixed at 1500 Dollars per annum and the Lieut. Governor at 1200 Dollars per annum."
Henry Smith, a former school teacher, was appointed governor of Texas and James W. Robinson was appointed lieutenant governor. Smith, who had been in favor of Texas independence for quite a while, was not willing to compromise and thus did not work well with the General Council, whose majority favored the Mexican Constitution. Tensions rose when the two sides could not agree, so Smith attempted to dissolve the Council. The Council in turn impeached Smith as governor. On January 11, 1835, the Council replaced him with Lieutenant Governor Robinson, a lawyer from Indiana who had deserted his family before arriving in Texas in 1833.
In this document, Secretary of the General Council Elisha Pease is concerned with rectifying Robinson's salary by officially certifying that "from the records of the General Consultation, it appears that James W. Robinson was elected Lieut. Gov. on the 12th of Nov. last - and that James W. Robinson has acted as Governor since the 11th of Jany. last." In the lower margins, Pease has used arithmetic to figure out how much Robinson was actually owed. In one place he has added up the number of days Robinson served; in another place he has used division. This might have been one of Pease's last acts as secretary of the General Council, since the Convention of 1836 convened two days earlier on March 1. On March 2, David G. Burnet was elected president of the new government of the Texas Republic. Pease (1812-1883) attended the Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos and wrote part of the Constitution of the Texas Republic. After Texas was annexed by the U.S., he served as the fifth and thirteenth governors. This document is evenly toned; fold separations have been inexpertly taped. A bottom one-quarter section appears to be missing, having separated along a fold. On verso are remains of the original red seal. Very good.
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