The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 133
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Colonel John Marshall
located at Austin and purchased a half interest in the State
Gazette.' The father of the writer owned a half interest in that
paper from 18552 to 1858, but Colonel Marshall was the principal
editor, and an aggressive editor lie made.
I remember that he was rather an undersized man, about five
feet seven inches high, spare made, fair complexion, aquiline fea-
tures and an eye like an eagle's. He dressed always in black,
and his attire was as neat as that of a Bulwer-Lytton. IHe was of
quick, energetic motion and action; was very temperate in his
habits, both eating and drinking; he never touched liquor of any
kind. He always rose at daylight and made his way to the river,
where he took a plunge every morning, winter and summer. He
never indulged in the sport of fishing or hunting, but was strictly
business all the time. He was very cordial in his friendships, but
rather exclusive. He was a gentleman of courtesy even in his
maddest humor, and he did not master his temper like a Socrates.
'Colonel Marshall did not come to Texas until 1854 as following ex-
tracts from the State Gazette will indicate. The Gazette of May 27,
1854, gives notice that John Marshall has purchased the ,interest of J.
W. Hampton; he did not assume control until two months later.-EDITORS.
"The present number closes my connection with .the Gazette. I have
disposed of my interest in the office to Gen. John Marshall, formerly
editor of the Mississippian at Jackson, Mississippi, and the paper will
in future 'be conducted by Messrs. Marshall & Scurry, as editors and pro-
prietors."-(State Gazette, May 27, 1854, volume 5, number 40.)
"As Gen. Marshall will be absent from the city for a few weeks in the
transaction of business connected with the office, Mr. Hampton will con-
tinue at his post until the return of his suocessor."- (Ibid., May 27, 1854.)
"Having commenced in this number our Editorial duties, 'we return
our sincere thanks to the press generally in this and other States, for
the generous, if too flattering, marks of their favor. Our Democratic
antecedents being well known, we have only to say that we shall en-
deavor to make the Gazette worthy of its position and;rl patronage through-
out the State. John Marshall."-(Ibid., July 29, 1854.)
'Williamson S. Oldham's connection with the State Gazette dates from
August, 1854, only a few months after Colonel Marshall had purchased
J. W. Hampton's interest.-EDITORS.
"With this issue, my connection with the Gazette ceases . . . W.
R. -Scurry."-(State Gazette, August 19, 1854, volume 5, number 52.)
"Having purchased the interest of Major Scurry in the State Gazette,
I shall, for the future, be associated with the editorial control
W. S. Oldham."-(Ibid., August 19, 1854.)
"My connection with the State Gazette will not change its political
complexion. Being a Democrat of the strictest sect, I conceive the only
safeguard of the rights of the States is in -a strict adherence, by the
general government, to the powers specifically delegated by the constitu-
tion, and those absolutely necessary to carry into effect those delegated
powers."- (Oldham's Salutatory, Ibid., August 19, 1854.)
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