after the U. S.
Constitution with a few democratic and more radical features. Lack,
Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 83-90.|
17. [p.121] John C. Goodrich and Alfred C. Grimes both died at the Alamo, but no one named Badgett has been listed among the ranks of those who fell there. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants, pp. 776, 778. Additionally, delegates Collin McKinney and Elijah Stepp also had sons in the army, and another of the McKinneys had been killed at Béxar in December. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, p. 85.
18. [p.122] Conrad represented the army's view of land distribution. His resolution to create a committee to investigate land records was unnecessary because many of the delegates were experienced and knowledgeable on the matter. The final constitutional provision benefitted settlers and army volunteers. Veterans favored the provision that kept land offices closed until a more orderly process could be established and soldiers had returned from the war to protect their interests. Near the end of the Convention, Conrad succeeded in having a resolution passed to reward servicemen with grants of 320 to 1,280 acres for three to twelve months in the army. Later, the Texas government also provided donation grants to those who served in the major engagements of the war. Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 90-93, 260.
19. [p.122] Henry Teal received a certificate of character at Nacogdoches on January 17, 1835. Thirty-eight members of his company enrolled between January 1 and March 15, 1836. Teal continued in the service until February 28, 1837, rising to the rank of colonel. No one named Snell was on the muster roll of Teal's company, but a Martin K. Snell had been in the army the previous October and served an extended tour beginning December 24, 1835. Blake, Certificates of Entrance; DRT, Muster Rolls, pp. 136-37, 179, 207; Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants, p. 607.
20. [p.122] B. Hammet Norton came to Texas bearing recommendations from Samuel Swartwout, collector of customs for the port of New York and also infamous for political graft. Gray accurately assessed Norton's standing in Texas; he was denied a commission to raise troops in the U. S. but left anyway during the turmoil of late March. Binkley, Official Correspondence, vol. 1, pp. 217, 555-56.
21. [p.124] Houston's forces, then only about 600 strong, crossed the Colorado on this day; the advance portion of the Mexican army was still about four days behind.
22. [p.125] The loan had been authorized by the Consultation on November 12, which gave the governor and Council authority to prepare specific instructions for commissioners Branch T. Archer, William H. Wharton, and Stephen F. Austin. After much delay in awaiting these instructions, the commissioners arranged for two loans in New Orleans totalling $250,000 and essentially secured by