Wood to the Texas Senate, November 30, 1849

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necessarily form the nature of their organization


belonging as they did to an arm of national


defence wholly unfit for the peculiar service


required. They are unable to protect against


such an enemy moving uniformly on horseback


and with great celerity any more than the


space covered by their encampments or within


the range of their guns.

The Government of the United States was addressed


directly upon this subject as well as its mil-


itary officers in immediate command here.


They were slow however to recognize the


necessity of action on their part, and the


State was left no other recourse against


outrage and violence but an appeal to the


patriotism of her own citizens to protect her


territory against savage cruelty.

In this condition of things when the


cries of his fellow citizens for help were


reaching every day, when every new messenger


from that quarter was but the herald of


some new outrage of more startling


atrocity, the Executive never thought of appealing


to the Statute Book to ascertain the nature or


the extent of his official duty. This was


indicated to him with sufficient force


and clearness by the common instincts of


nature and humanity. We do not seek


in written codes authority or sanction for


defending our persons and our property against


aggression and wrong. It is an impulse of


our nature older than the law, superior to


all the guarantees of a constitution.

The same paramount right and duty attaches


to him who is entrusted with the govern-


ment of a state to employ its means to


repel violence and protect it from injury.

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Wood to the Texas Senate, November 30, 1849, Records of George Tyler Wood, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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