The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 165
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of Ballinger as far as you were concerned, yet, I have thought it
would do no harm to strengthen your good opinion of him.
Today I have read a letter to a friend from a leading lawyer of
Austin, Texas, in which he says, "Ballinger is in all these parts
recognized as the Lawyer of Texas, the peer in learning and char-
acter of any man whose claims can be considered by the President,
and by reason of his known acquirements in the civil law as emi-
nently qualified to be Judge Campbell's successor," etc., etc. This
opinion I can safely say is the opinion of the Bar of Texas. As
characteristic of the man, I quote here a Protest from him I find
in the printed journals of the late Constitutional Convention:
Mr. President, etc., etc.40
I make my respectful protest against the provisions of the con-
stitution regulating the salaries and terms of executive and
judicial officers, and against the election of judicial officers. The
short terms of office, to be filled by popular elections, will convert
the State into a great partisan electioneering camp, in which
office-seeking will act on the public morals of the people, and the
interests and passions of the people will react on the standard and
conduct of officers-all full of evil tendencies, in my judgement,
to the character and destinies of this great State. The salaries are
not such as ought to be given to our State officers. If the effect
should not b'e, as I believe it will, to prevent many men of the
highest qualifications from holding office who would be the choice
of the people, if considerations of patriotism and public duty
should be adequate motives to induce them to accept of office, I
have still the strong, undoubting conviction that public services
will be obtained by the State at hard, stinting, insufficient sal-
aries, which are not honorable or just on the part of this great
W. P. Ballinger,
Delegate from Galveston County.
Ballinger is in the prime of life, in his 52nd year, with robust
health and large frame. You must occasionally let me hear from
you. Confidence in you by white people and black is growing
steadily. Did you get my printed views in News sent through
Mrs. Hayes? I tried to be discreet and effective.
G. M. B.
"Cf. Journal of the Constitutional Convention . . . 1875. p. 819.
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