"Urgent" doesn't do the situation justice. With 135 brave defenders under siege by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's Mexican army at the Alamo, a convention of Texans met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared the independence of Texas from Mexico. The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced--literally--overnight:
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted; and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression . . . .
. . . We, therefore, the delegates, with plenary powers, of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and DECLARE that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended; and that the people of Texas do now constitute a FREE, SOVEREIGN and INDEPENDENT RE-PUBLIC, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to the independent nations . . . .
Happy Birthday, Texas.
And many more ....