[Daily article] December 10: Convention of 1833

The Convention of 1833, a political gathering of settlers in Mexican
Texas, was one in a series of unsuccessful attempts at political
negotiation that eventually led to the Texas Revolution. It followed the
Convention of 1832, whose resolutions had not been addressed by the
Mexican government. Delegates met in San Felipe de Austin to draft a
series of petitions, with the volatile William H. Wharton presiding.
Although the convention’s agenda largely mirrored that of the Convention
of 1832, delegates also agreed to pursue independent statehood for the
province, which was at the time part of the state of Coahuila y Tejas.
Under the guidance of Sam Houston, former governor of the US state of
Tennessee, a committee drafted a state constitution to submit to the
Mexican Congress. Stephen F. Austin (pictured) journeyed to Mexico City
to present the petitions to the government. Frustrated with the lack of
progress, in October Austin wrote a letter encouraging Texans to form
their own state government. This letter was forwarded to the Mexican
government, and Austin was imprisoned in early 1834.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1508:

The Papal States, France, Aragon and the Holy Roman Empire
formed the League of Cambrai, an alliance against the Republic of
Venice.

1861:

Forces led by Nguyễn Trung Trực, an anti-colonial guerrilla
leader in southern Vietnam, sank the French lorcha L’Esperance.

1909:

Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf became the first woman to be
awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1979:

The Kuomintang (KMT) dictatorship of Taiwan arrested a large
number of opposition leaders who had organized pro-democracy
demonstrations, an incident credited with ending the KMT’s rule in 2000.

1989:

At the first open pro-democracy demonstration in Mongolia,
journalist Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the formation of the
Mongolian Democratic Union, which would be instrumental in ending
Communist rule four months later.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

putter:
1. (intransitive) To be active, but not excessively busy, at a task or a
series of tasks. […]
2. (intransitive) To produce intermittent bursts of sound in the course of
operating.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  One difference between God’s work and man’s is, that, while God’s
work cannot mean more than he meant, man’s must mean more than he meant.
For in everything that God has made, there is layer upon layer of
ascending significance; also he expresses the same thought in higher and
higher kinds of that thought: it is God’s things, his embodied thoughts,
which alone a man has to use, modified and adapted to his own purposes,
for the expression of his thoughts; therefore he cannot help his words
and figures falling into such combinations in the mind of another as he
had himself not foreseen, so many are the thoughts allied to every other
thought, so many are the relations involved in every figure, so many the
facts hinted in every symbol. A man may well himself discover truth in
what he wrote; for he was dealing all the time with things that came
from thoughts beyond his own.  
–George MacDonald

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