Excerpt from Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1907, Vol. 2 of 2: Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas, Part I
Meanwhile the convention had met at Washington, on the Brazos, had declared Texas independent, had adopted a constitution with a provision for a government ad interim to last until the regular elec tion, to be held in September, and had chosen David G. Burnet president.
The commissioners to the United States had appointed several agents, some local, and others with special functions of varying char acter. The Provisional Government sent out other special agents; and the Government ad interim, immediately after its organization, added still others. On March 19 President Burnet commissioned George C'. Childress and Robert Hamilton to act in conjunction with the three commissioners already in the United States; and on April 1 he gave a similar commission to Samuel P. Carson, who had just been forced by ill health to retire from the secretaryship of state in Burnet's cabinet. The three new commissioners or agents went to the United States and remained there for a time in their official capacity; but on May 26, Burnet appointed James Collinsworth and P. W. Grayson to supersede all the other commissioners, and on June 10 he issued a proclamation revoking the authority of all claim ing to be agents of the yet unrecognized republic except the firm of Thomas Toby and Brother, of New Orleans. Collinsworth and Grayson reached Washington on July 8. The former remained there till August 4, and the latter till October 11.
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