was sitting close to the reader became so effected [corr: affected] with the truthful
acocunt of the hardships encountered by the old pioneers, so graphically depicted that he
could not resist shedding tears. Mr. Benn Christian was next called on who made a few
happy remarks in relating reminescences of early Texas life. He cam to the state in 1844
and built a log cabin. He was glad to meet his friends, old and young Texans alike; and
that the days of the meeting of the old settlers were the brightest days of his life with
perhaps the exception of the day he landed across Red River with his wife and children.
The speech of Mr. Christian was full of lively interest and depicted scenes and circumstances that many of the old settlers that were on the ground could fully attest as they were recognized of the fact themselves. Judge Joseph Bledsoe was loudly called for several times. Finely [corr: finally] the Judge put in an appearance. He apologized to the audience in his introductory remarks, for speaking, saying that it was nearly twelve o'clock, and that he had no doubt they were nearly all tired and that he would like very much to put off speaking until after dinner. But being pressed to go on, the Judge continued by saying he hardly knew whether he was an old settler or not but if his old friend George Dugan would lend his ten years he would have a settler of Texas for the forty years.
He said he regretted very much that he was not notified that a speech was expected for him as it would then have afforded him much more pleasure to have been better prepared to meet with the old settlers and express their views. He was very glad to see Dr. [abbr: Doctor] Reed extend the word of welcome and he joined with him in extending a hearty hand of welcome to all new commers [corr: new-comers] who come here for honest [gap: illegible].
But that there was a certain class of people whom he did not have much sympathy with and that was a class who came here for the
Old Settlers Association (Grayson County, Tex.). Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1.. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11279/. Accessed September 22, 2014.