The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 3
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Oran Milo Roberts.
was taught in that school ,of stoic statesmanship that never sac-
rificed a theory of political science to an advantage of commercial
enterprise, and preferred the principles of the Constitution above
the temporary seductions of industrial prosperity. How loyal he
remained to the ideals of his youth was attested in the Secession
Convention of 1861, on the field of battle, in 'his masterly discus-
sions of Federal questions, and in the writings and lectures of his
Having fairly entered upon the practice of the law and served
a term in the legislature, at the age of twenty-six he came to the
Republic of Texas. It was the darkest and most discouraging
moment in the history ,of the new government. President Lamar's
disastrous administration was just closing, bankruptcy and ruin
stared the Republic in the face, Indian wars and domestic pov-
erty had almost disheartened the people, and the menace of Mexi-
can invasion filled the future with gloom and foreboding. And
yet the men who 'had redeemed this land from tyranny and estab-
lished its freedom on the foundations of constitutional order, were
equal to the task of preserving and perpetuating what they had
won. Whatever may be said of their successors in field and forum
and in the paths of peaceful industry, the leaders and workers in
Texas in that period from 1836 to 1846 have had no superiors in
all the proud and potent prosperity of later years. Their practi-
cal good sense, their unfading faith in the ultimate success of the
government, their broad and generous estimate of the things nec-
essary to a nation's happiness and growth, their loyalty to the
traditional virtues and institutions of their race, their wonderful
acuteness and discernment in establishing the laws and policies
of the Republic and State upon the highest and safest plane of
patriotic wisdom, were something marvelous, 'considering the cir-
cumstances and conditions of the time. A recent reading of the
debates and journals of the Constitutional Convention of 1845
leads me to affirm without hesitation that the proceedings of that
body displayed a depth of devotion to fundamental truth in polit-
ical philosophy, a practical appreciation of the 'essential features
of a free government, and a liberality of policy in dealing with
the problems of popular institutions, that are not surpassed in the
reported deliberations 'of any similar body ever assembled on this.
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