The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 88
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Texas Historical Association. Quarterly.
Judge Evans, of Marshall, was also spoken of frequently as one
likely to be elected. The two former were originally Union men,
but had participated in the Civil War in favor of the South; while
the latter had remained out of the limits of the Southern Con-
federacy during the war and was in favor of the North without
having actively engaged in the war on either side. He had made
speeches in favor of McClellan in the last Presidential election,
and after the cessation of hostilities returned to Texas and made
conciliatory speeches, advocating strongly the policy of President
Johnson, and objecting to the course of Governor Hamilton in de-
laying the organization of the State government in Texas. I
heard one of his speeches in the fall of 1865 at Gilmer, in Upshur
County, and expressed to him my gratification at the liberal tone
and conciliatory spirit by which it was characterized.
It had also come to my knowledge from many sources that my
name was spoken of in connection with the Senate. I invariably
disclaimed any intention of being a candidate when spoken to upon
the subject. Lest my position should be misapprehended I ap-
proached the Senator, Hon. T. B. Selman, and Representatives,
Messrs. Gaston and Leuter, of Smith County, and told them that
I did not wish to be considered a candidate for the senatorship;
that I had always regarded that as a "position neither to be sought
nor declined;" that many of the members might think it inoppor-
tune for my name to be brought forward at that time on account
of my prominence in the secession movement, and participation
in the war, and that I did not wish it to stand in the way of com-
plete harmony in the action of the Legislature; that my principal
concern personally was that my name should not be brought for-
ward under unfavorable circumstances and I be defeated on ac-
count of my supposed unfitness to satisfy the public opinion of
the North, after having been repeatedly elevated to the highest
offices in the State. I wrote the same, in effect, to Captain D. M.
Short, Representative from Shelby County, and Colonel George
Shelley, Senator of Travis County.
I did nothing, and said nothing, with a view of securing a nomi-
nation or an election. Indeed, up to the very day and hour that
the news of my election reached me, I really did not expect it.
The newspapers were advocating the claims of other persons and
not mine. The wish that I should be elected was expressed by
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