ed to volunteers to join their standard.
In January, 1836, Austin wrote, advising a declaration of independence; and, on the 1st of February, delegates in favor of that measure were elected to a national convention, which, on the 2d day of March, 1836, declared Texts: a free, sovereign, and independent republic.
On the 17th of March a constitution was adopted, and an executive government, ad interim, appointed — of which David G. Burnet was President; Lorenzo de Zavala, Vice-President; Thomas J. Rusk, Secretary of War; and other distinguished Texans chiefs of the usual bureaux.
The President was a man of noble character-temperate but firm in opinion, tenacious of principles, diligent in business, pure, patriotic, and enlightened.
He was a native of New Jersey, the son of a Revolutionary patriot, and had long been a resident of Texas.
Yet, such was his sensibility that he felt a slight as if it were a stain, and this rendered him, even when most useful, most unhappy.