The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 43
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Reminiscences of Judge 'Edwin Waller.
upon which occasion Edwin Waller, being a prominent and untiring
advocate of that measure, was told by General Houston in a speech
that he and his colleagues would "find grapevines awaiting them at
home," as a reward for their course on this 'occasion. IThe prophecy
was doomed to be (proven false by the, vote oHf the same constituency
by whom Edwin Waller was a'ft'erwards, returned as, a member of the
Convention of 1836, where be was one of the committee which
framed the constitution of Texas as a republic, and his name stands
third on the list of the signers of that document. That of itself
will hand his name down to posterity, for certainly the intellects
which in that day, under the surrounding difficulties, conceived and
prepared such a code of organic law as that constitution are as much
distinguished in their field of labor even as those who died on the
ramparts sof the Alamo, or the plains of San Jacinto. The cool
wisdom of the one is only equalled by the brilliant courage of the
other, and as there were heroes in the field, so there were statesmen
in the cabinet to set the young ship -of State afloat on the tide.
We can not do more in this modest little sketch than allude to
these services of Mr. Waller, which distinguished him among his
compeers as an able man and a fervent patriot, ever ready with pen
or rifle to aid the cause of his adopted, land. On the completion
of his duties by the adjournment of the Convention, he was free to
buckle on his war harness again, and hastened to enter the field as
a soldier of .the army of General Houston. In this army he served
until the close of the war, and the establishment of the independ
ence of the Republic. On leaving Washington ion the Brazos, a,
the close of the Convention, Mr. Waller had hastened to see afte:
his family, whose home lay directly in the route of one division of
the Mexican army, and on arriving there he found his family gone,
and the Mexicans "within a few miles ,of his house. One of his
neighbors informed him that his family had, left with that .of Col.
Wim. G. Hill. He at once set out to find them, overtook them, saw
them safely across the San Jacinto river, and returned again to the
army. The Mexicans revenged themselves for not finding the
family at home when they called 'by sacking and pillaging the house
and premises. 'Mayhap some of his old Mexican acquaintances of
Velasco were in the command, and thus wreaked their revenge on
one 'of the first men who dared to raise their embargo of 1832.
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