The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

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Lamar State College of Technology
Senate Journal of the Tenth Legislature Regular Session of the
State of Texas, November 3, 1863-December 16, r863. Com-
piled and edited by James M. Day. Introduction by Dorsey
B. Hardeman. Austin (Texas State Library), 1964. Pp. x+
214. Illustrations, appendix, index. $5.00.
Readers of these pages will recognize this title as one in a pub-
lication series of archival materials administered by the Texas
Library and Historical Commission. Following the multi-volume
journals of the Ninth Legislature, reviewed in previous issues of
the Quarterly, "this book is the first of the series for the Tenth"
and follows the format of the earlier publications. Once again
editor Day has sought to include extant "speeches, committee
reports, and other pertinent material" in this limited edition
of four hundred copies. Footnotes draw the reader's attention to
relevant, but unlocated, sources.
Following a day devoted to internal organization, the senators
joined the representatives on November 4, 1863, to hear the
message of Governor Francis R. Lubbock. The loss of Vicksburg
and Port Hudson (he did not mention Gettysburg) had created
a situation which required the "whole resources of the state,"
and the governor urged the revocation of the policy which per-
mitted exemptions and substitutions in the army. If necessary,
Lubbock would enlist "every male person from sixteen years up-
wards, not totally unfit." He noted other problems including the
defense of the frontier, alleged speculations by governmental
officials, soldiers' families who were destitute, the penitentiary
situation, refugees and aliens resident in the state, deserters,
eleemosynary institutions, and fiscal matters.
In his inaugural address on the following day, Lubbock's suc-
cessor, Pendleton Murrah, confined himself to generalizations
about the "sovereign state" and the senators returned to more
mundane matters. Even in wartime they could not ignore do-
mestic issues such as salaries for state officials and the selection of


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