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CHAPTER III.

THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC SAFETY APPOINTS A SUB-COMMITTEE TO CONFER WITH GENERAL TWIGGS—COL. BEN McCULLOCH TO RAISE A FORCE FOR SAN ANTONIO—COL. HENRY E. McCULLOCH TO RAISE A FORCE FOR THE NORTHWESTERN FRONTIER-COL. JOHN S. FORD TO RAISE A FORCE TO GO TO THE LOWER RIO GRANDE—INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN THEM, AND THEY SET ABOUT THEIR DUTIES—SECESSION SUBMITTED TO A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE DELEGATES ELECTED TO THE CONVENTION AT MONTGOMERY—GENERAL TWIGGS IS SUES AN ORDER OF SURRENDER—THANKS BY THE CONVENTION.

THE committee of public safety had formed their plans before consulting the governor, and having been informed that General Twiggs, who was then in command of the Eighth military district, with headquarters at San Antonio, was a Southern man by birth and friendly to the cause of the South, and would in all probability surrender to the convention all of the Federal property under his control on demand made, passed the following resolution, with the hope that civil commissioners might accomplish the purpose of the committee without the display of an armed force: "Resolved, That Samuel A. Maverick, Thomas J. Devine, Philip N. Luckett and James H. Rogers be appointed commissioners to confer with Gen. D. E. Twiggs, with regard to the public arms, munitions of war, etc., under his control and belonging to the government of the United States, with power to demand and remove the same in the name of Texas, and that said commissioners be clothed with full power to carry into effect the powers herein delegated and retain

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