The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 206
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
the charge. Surely nothing disloyal could be found in the utter-
ances of their candidate, Throckmorton. In the course of one of
his speeches, while discussing the relations of the people to the
government, he said, "The president may be defeated in his policy;
other laws equally as objectionable as the civil rights statute may
be enacted; the Northern people may refuse to believe in our
sincerity and loyalty; we may be kept out of the halls of legis-
lation and yet be required to meet our portion of the public bur-
dens, . .. we may continue to be misrepresented and
traduced; troops may be quartered among us where there is pro-
found peace and the frontier remain unprotected. . . . But
if these things happen it is our duty to bear them patiently.
Whatever law is passed, however odious it may be, it should be
obeyed by us as long as it is the law of the land. Let us by our
our conduct and example sustain the majesty and supremacy of
the law." Nor is it entirely true that the radicals had as yet
embraced all of the doctrines of Thaddeus Stevens or of Wendell
Phillips. Pease declared that he was opposed to complete negro
suffrage because the blacks were not intelligent enough to vote;
but, if the United States Government should require it, he would
be willing to concede the suffrage to such negroes as could read
and write understandingly rather than have Texas remain under
provisional government, and he claimed that this was the view of
the majority of his party.2 Nevertheless, it soon became apparent
that that party was really in alliance with the enemies of the
president. As the conservatives had found a natural ally in Mr.
Johnson, their opponents had been brought more and more into
dependence upon the Congressional radicals; and, as every day it
became more evident that the conservatives would carry the State,
while in the North the ultimate decision in the great problem be-
fore the nation was to be with Congress rather than the president,
an alliance with the former offered advantages and promises of an
exceedingly seductive character. Long before the date of the elec-
tion the alliance was made known. Governor Hamilton's attor-
ney general, Alexander, had written to the leaders in Washington
beseeching them to delay restoration as long as possible, and the
1Clipping from Houston Telegraph, found in Johnson Papers.
2See an Antonio Empress, May 24, 1866.
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