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: 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.
His colleagues were men of like patriotism and fine abilities.
In the mean time events had moved rapidly.
Santa Anna had set out on the 1st of February from Saltillo, with his grand army of invasion, computed at 7,500 men. On the 16th he crossed the Rio Grande, and on the 23d