The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 19
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Oran Milo Roberts.
men all over Texas, who will continue to revere him as "philosopher,
friend, and guide."
He resigned his professorship to. retire to. a quiet repose and
a scholarly review of his long and active life, residing first at Marble
Falls, ,and later at Austin. His last years were as honorably sand bene-
ficially bestowed as any of those that went before. He did what so
few of our great men have the thoughtful patriotism and the con-
scientious industry to perform-he collected the memorials of his
fifty years of public service, revised the recollections 'of the many
and momentous scenes in which he had mingled, verified the facts
of the annals of his past career, and wrote for posterity, "The Leg-
islative, Political, and Judicial History of Texas, from 1845 to
1895"-a work that is a monument of patience, patriotism, histori-
cal accuracy, and exhaustive presentation 'of the whole story of
Texan Statehood for the first half century of its development. It
forms the first part of Volume 2 of "The Comprehensive History of
Texas," recently published, and when its merits 'are generally
known, it will be regarded as indispensable to the completeness of
every educated Texan's library. His latest work, as I have said, was
his history of the Texas troops in the Civil War, not yet published.
One singular and striking feature of Governor Roberts' mental
composition, was his fondness for scientific and philosophical
studies. In the intervals of his busy professional and official life,
he wrote a great many interesting and valuable articles upon such
subjects. He was a remarkably observant man, noting with reflec-
tive intelligence the minutest details of the social and physical
world around him, and drawing therefrom many curious and in-
structive ideas and theories.
Contemplating his whole life and services, I do not hesitate
to declare that in all the departments of public, professional, and
private labor, he was the most versatile and the most useful man
Texas has produced in the fifty years of her existence as an Ameri-
can State. Others were pre-eminent in this or that direction; he
was great and useful in all. As lawyer, jurist, statesman, soldier,
teacher, 'and historian, the "Old Alcalde" has no rival in the annals
of Texan worthies.
It has been said that "genius can mould no marble so speaking as
the spot where a brave man stood or the scene where he labored."
We stand to-day on the spot where he was wont to take his place
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