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    Sam Houston 1861 Broadside Regarding Secession. One page. Printed. 5.5" x 10.5". January 31, 1861. Toned at the edges with some folds mainly at the corners. Very good.

    Governor Houston sends a report to the Committee of Convention that included John H. Reagan, P. W. Gray, John D. Stell, W. P. Rogers, and Thomas J. Devine in which he writes in part: "Getlemen [sic]: The Executive has had the honor to learn at your hands, ef [sic] the passage of a resolution by the Convention assembled, expressing a desire on the part of that body to "act in harmony with the different departments of our State Government," upon matters touching with our Federal relations." Thus began Texas's entry into the Confederacy and her participation in armed conflict with the Federal government. Houston was not keen on session but, like the good politician he was, he ties himself to the citizens of Texas writing: "Their fate is my fate, their fortune is my fortune, their destiny is my destiny, be it prosperity or gloom, as of old, I am with my country." On February 1, 1861 elected delegates met in convention and authorized secession from the United States and Texas became a charter member of the Confederacy on March 1, 1861. Houston was evicted from office shortly thereafter for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy. Upon leaving he wrote: "Fellow-Citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the nationality of Texas, which has been betrayed by the Convention, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the Constitution of Texas, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of my own conscience and manhood, which this Convention would degrade by dragging me before it, to pander to the malice of my enemies....I refuse to take this oath."

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    Parrish 4168


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