Turtle Bayou Resolutions
|June 13, 1832
The colonists of Texas have long been convinced of the arbitrary and unconstitutional measures of the administration of Bustamante as evinced.
FIRST By their repeated violations of the constitution and laws and the total disregard of the civil and political rights of the people.
SECOND By their fixing and establishing among us, in the time of peace,
THIRD By arresting the commissioners, especially Juan Francisco Madero, who, on the part of the State government, was to put the inhabitants east of Trinity River in possession of other lands, in conformity with the laws of colonization.
FOURTH By the imposition of military force, preventing the Alcalde of the
FIFTH By the appointing to the revenue department men whose principles are
SIXTH By the military commandant of Anahuac advising and procuring servants to quit the service of their masters, and offering them protection; causing them to labor for his benefits, and refusing to compensate them for the same.
SEVENTH By imprisonment of our citizens without lawful cause; and claiming the right of trying said citizens by a military court for offense of a character cognizable by the civil authority alone.
RESOLVED That we view with feelings of the deepest regret, the manner in which the government of the Republic of Mexico is administered by the present dynasty. The repeated violation of the constitution; the total disregard of the laws; the entire prostration of the civil power, are grievances of such character as to arouse the feelings of every freeman, and impel him to resistance.
RESOLVED That we view with feelings of deepest interest and solicitude, the
RESOLVED That as freemen devoted to a correct interpretation an enforcement of the constitution and laws, according to their true spirit, we pledge our lives and fortunes in support of the same, and of those distinguished leaders who are gallantly fighting in defense of civil liberty.
RESOLVED That all the people of Texas be united to co-operate with us, in