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    [Texas Revolution] The General Convention at Washington, March 1-17, 1836. Houston. 1838. 4to. 84 pp. Disbound and stitched. Minor overall age toning, else very fine. Like their ancestors of 1776, Texians realized in 1836 that their only option was independence. A convention met beginning March 1, 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Its delegates included former members of the United States Congress and framers of southern state constitutions, who named David G. Burnet interim president. This tract documents events at the Convention in order of their occurrence.

    At the outset of the Convention, George C. Childress, a lawyer and former editor of the Nashville Banner, was appointed chairman of a committee of five to draft a Declaration of Independence. The following day Childress delivered the Declaration, which charged that Santa Anna's government "has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defence--the rightful property of freemen--and formidable only to tyrannical government." The convention adopted the Declaration on the same day. Also included is a fascinating report by Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis, dated March 3, 1836, concerning events at the Alamo and Goliad. An exceptional and informative piece of Texas history!


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