condemning and criticising every body objecting to our laws and dictating to the people
of Texas on matters in which they have no concern.
The judge said the laws of Texas would equal in statesmanship the laws of any state in the country and that a large percent of the crimes that were committed on the soil of Texas were committed by adventures from other states and that a certain class of people who came here did not generally stay with us long; that as they came from a higher civilization they soon found a home at Huntsville.
The judge then went on to state that Texas offered a home to every man rich or poor, that her greatest resources were still undeveloped and by virtue of the great advantage of her homestead laws which he claims are as good as any in the world any honest and industrious man can thrive and prosper.
He paid an eloquent tribute to the utility of her homestead laws; gave the statistic of the inaugrations of the first laws upon the subject which dated back to 1836; next changed and enlarged by the convention of 1845 and made more perfect from time to time until it has been moulded into its present form.
The judge spoke for about three quarters of an hour and during the whole time he invited the attention of the audience with the instructive and interesting matter he presented. He was loudly applauded at the close of his remarks. Music was then had by the band when the exercises were adjourned until 1:30 p.m., and everyone retired to enjoy an elegant and [overstrike: srof] sumptuous dinner that had been thoughtfully provided for the occasion.
We had neither gold nor silver nor brass in our purse, nor script for our journey, neither two coats, neither shoes. We had a pair of old boots nor yet stoves, but through the kindness and hospitality of jusge Bleadsoe, we waded into one of the most excellent dinners it was our fortune to have receieved for many a day plenty of it.
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 March 12, 2014.