The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 80
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80 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
preached in the afternoon 'to a very large 'assembly. * * * Here
I find much vice, gaming, drunkenness, and profanity the com-
monest. The town is ten months old, and has 800 inhabitants; also
many stores, and any number of doggeries." Note the old-time
"November 21st. To-day the Senate of -the Texas Congress
elected me Chaplain, to serve the rest of the session. It is my
prayer that this act of the Upper House may prove an open door
for the entrance of the Gospel into the new Republic. I pray that
God will give me grace, keep me humble, and make me faithful in
the discharge of my religious duties.
"Nov. 24th. To-day I have been listening to the trial of S.
RIhoads Fisher, Secretary of the Texas Navy, in the Senate Cham-
ber. He stands impeached by President Houston. Gray and Kauf-
man are the counsel for the prosecution. Ex-President Burnet and
General Rusk for the defense. Gray opened 'the trial by the read-
ing of documents for two hours and one-half. He was followed by
Burnet at some length and with much bitterness towards the Chief
Executive; his speech disclosed a burning hatred for the President.
Rusk spoke in a manly style, that was clear, forcible, and full of
common sense-the best kind of earthly knowledge.
"Nov. 25th. The trial of Mr. Fisher was continued to-day by
Mr. John Wharton, in a most furious tirade against President
Houston; it was the bitterest invective I ever heard uttered by man.
He was followed by M. Kaufman, who 'was quite respectful to Mr.
Fisher; his whole speech was fair and well -taken.
"Nov. 26th. I preached morning and night in the capitol, to
large and respectful assemblies. * * *
"Nov. 27th. .Steamboat arrived to-day with 103 passengers from
the United States. * * *
"Nov. 28th. The Senate is in secret session on the case of Fisher.
* * * I gave one dollar for ,one-half pound -of bacon rfor a poor,
sick, and hungry man." * * *
Here occurs a break in the record, caused by -the serious illness
of the recorder. After two weeks, the journal resumes:
"Dec. 12th. Many have been my temptations since coming here,
but, thank God, 'they have been overcome. I have lived near to
God by prayer, preaching, visiting the sick 'and dying, and burying
the dead. * * *
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