Reminiscences of Judge Edwzin Waller. 33
-REMINISENCES OF JUDGE EDWIN WALLER.'
P. E. PEARJESON.
Author's Introductory Note.
This is but the "short ,and simple annal" of one of the early settlers of
Texas, and -of some of the scenes of her early history. lit is written almost
as it fell from the lips ,of an eye-witness of all therein described, and is
offered as a leaf in the volume which will some day exist of the deeds of
our Texas pioneers. As ,it has no other object, the simple statement of
that fact is all -the apology it requires.
RICHMOND, November 18, 1873.,
"The broken soldier . . . .
Sat by his fire and talked the night away,
Wept o'er his wounds, or tales -of sorrow done,
Shouldered his crutch and show'd how fields were won."
Exactions by the government, in the shape sof duties and taxes
from the governed, have ever been seed, for revolt and revolution.
We need not go beyond the American continent for authority to sus-
tain this assertion. Unequal taxation and unjust duties germinated
the revolution of 1775, the first budding of which was the famous
Tea Riot in Boston Harbor. To, this there is, a striking analogy in
the conception of that revolution which separated 'Texas from Mex-
ico-a revolution which, comparing the men and means engaged,
with the grand results, is almost without a parallel, and which, by
a king of Csarian operation, as it were, tore from the 'body of the
effete maternal nationality 'Mexico, the blooming child Texas, and
placed it as a young republic in the western world,. Velasco, was
the Boston! Harbor of the Texas Revolution, and the scene of the
first chapter in its history. There, too, taxes, and duties, unjustly
demanded by -the government, were the cause of the 6meute.
'This is a reprint of a pamphlet ,under the title, Sketch of the Life of
Judge Edwin Waller, published at the Galveston News office in 1874, but
which has become very rare.. Who. the eye-witness referred to was, cannot
now be started, but it is hoped the information may be given in a later
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101018/. Accessed May 3, 2015.