The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 2
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whose recent death has irreparably bereaved this Association, and
in commemoration of whose virtues and services it has been
deemed appropriate that I, his unworthy successor, should to-day
briefly speak. . . ... .
No more delicate and'diffidultoffee a devolve upon a speaker
than to truthfuly .yet*ftlys.prouounce, proper words of memorial
and eulogy uprbnm'* aty fyidead.spe: i l ~ tat one was both
a public character and a personal friend. There is danger that such
an address may rise to the pitch of extravagant laudation, or sink to
the level sof private panegyric. When it dioes either, it fails to
serve the purpose 'of a true encomium and loses the value ,of a
practical lesson. Every life whose services are worthy of public
recital and remark has been a contribution to the history of the
land and people in which its labors were wrought, and every at-
tempt to describe and discuss such a life should in some degree
answer the purposes of historical truth and subserve the interests
of that philosophy of living whicl -History is said to teach by ex-
ample. 'These desirable attribut s of a memorial address are
thus outlined rather by way of introduction, than as prophetic of
what I shall endeavor to say in the inadequate 'sketch of our late
President and his life-work in the up-building 'of the State that
reveres his memory and mourns his loss.
Oran Milo Roberts was a native of 'South Carolina, and although
no appreciable portion of his life was spent there, the distinctive
social and political influences of that State's historical attitude on
all the current questions of his era were plainly visible in his private
and public career. He was reared to manhood and began his ac-
tive labors in the State of Alabama, where his early training as
a lawyer and in the fundamental principles of constitutional gov-
ernment was very thorough and essentially practical. It was the
period of incipient division between the North and South upon the
great questions that later arrayed them in actual hostility. T'he
leaders of Southern thought were marshaling their forces of logic
and protest on the Iside of the strict construction, states-rights
theory of the Federal Constitution, and the first sounds 'of that
memorable conflict that afterwards thrilled the country with elo-
quence and argument and 'shook the continent with the roar of
battle, 'were just beginning to challenge the attention and excite
the alarm of conservative -and observant men. Young Roberts
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