That the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, we declare: Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States. The preface to the Bill of Rights is a continuation of provisions in the three state constitutions adopted before the 1869 Constitution. The framers of the 1869 charter...
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