excitement. The late disastrous intelligence and the perils which are approaching made members impatient of debate. The land question has been much modified since its first introduction, and now goes only to declare null and void the three large grants, and to set aside the location of eleven league grants within twenty leagues of the United States line, which may have been located contrary to the laws of Mexico. (See the shape it shall pass in ultimately.)
Some members are going home. Col. Parmer, Mr. Waller and Mr. Gazley have obtained leave of absence. Col. Parmer was authorized by resolution to press wagons, horses, etc., and to take possession of the public arms at Nacogdoches, etc. Expresses and dispatches were sent off in different directions, and authority given to move and provide for some defenseless families from the Colorado.
The President went out of his way this afternoon to give the loan a blow. He distinctly pronounced it a bad bargain, said it should be confirmed in order to preserve the public faith, but hoped no more such would be made. Collinsworth has become disgusted, got drunk, and speaks with much asperity of the conduct of the Convention. Says he has reported all the business before his committee, and been discharged, and he intends to do no more; that he has no rights and shall perform no duties.
Great confusion and irregularity prevailed in the Convention today. The President has lost all dignity and all authority.
The house adjourned until tomorrow, 9 o'clock.
At supper a printed handbill was received by express from San Felipe (which see). The house met spontaneously, and after having the express publicly read, proceeded to business. The Constitution not being quite ready, they adjourned to 10 o'clock. They met at that hour, and went to work. At 12 o'clock the Constitution was finally adopted. (See the document.) An ordinance organizing a provisional government was then adopted, consisting of President, Vice President, four Secretaries, and an Attorney General, with most of the powers conferred by the Constitution on the President and Congress. (See the document.) Authorized to contract for a loan of $1,000,000, and to pledge the public faith and the proceeds of the public land. An election was held forthwith. David G. Burnett and Samuel P. Carson were nominated for President. Burnett was elected by a majority of seven. Lorenzo de Zavala was then nominated for Vice President by Potter; no opposition. He was elected by a unanimous vote. Carson was elected Secretary of State, Hardiman Secretary of Treasury, Rusk Secretary of War, and Potter Secretary of Navy, David Thomas Attorney General. The new officers were sworn in at 4 o'clock in the morning, and the Convention adjourned until tomorrow, 9 o'clock.
Frequent alarms were brought in during the night. Spies and patrols were