Stephen P. Hollingsworth
, who performed the service faithfully, giving the information on his return of the admission of Texas
in the confederation of Southern States.
On the same day a committee of five, Messrs. Montgomery
, were appointed to inform the governor of the vote of the people at the election as found by the convention.
On the 7th of March this committee reported the answer received by them from the governor, in which he said: ‘In reply to your communication of the 5th I can only say, when the legislature authorized the convention to submit the proposition to the people of Texas
on the subject of secession from the Federal
government of the United States
, it was understood that the performance of that act, when done, would terminate the existence of the convention.’
He stated further that he would recommend to the legislature, when it should meet, to take into consideration the important issues arising out of the severance of our connection with the United States
, and suggested that the legislature might then call another convention to make such changes in the constitution of the State
as her present and future relations to the world at large may require; concluding, ‘until then it will be the duty of the executive, as well as all State officials, to continue in the lawful discharge of their functions, conforming their action to the sphere of Texas
Thus his present position was defined, without disclosing his ulterior designs.
Upon the reading of this letter a furious excitement arose, which, being confined to a few of the members, very soon subsided and gave place to the regular business.
On the next day, the 8th of March, it being deemed appropriate for the president of the convention to answer this letter of the governor, calling in question the power of the convention to do anything more than submit the question of secession to the vote of the people, he did so by offering resolutions as follows: