The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 9
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The Beginnings of the State Historical Association 9
In the archives of the University, you will find manuscript
memoirs by this devoted old pioneer giving proof positive that he
took what he said in this letter seriously and did his best to save
himself from falling under the reproach which he felt was due to
One more illustration of how we saw things in the first year of
our Association and I am done with this phase of my subject.
We were gathered at a meeting of the executive council in a
room on the second floor of the main building of the University
with President Roberts in the chair. Secretary Garrison was read-
ing a list of names of persons to be recommended for election as
fellows. He came to the name of David F. Houston. The vener-
able chairman pricked up his ears. "Wait a minute, Dr. Garrison,"
he interrupted; "isn't that the young man who had his book in-
vestigated by the last Legislature on account of something in it
against the principles of the Confederacy?" "Yes, Governor,"
answered Dr. Garrison, "but the committee found that the objec-
tionable paragraphs were quoted from Madison and the investi-
gation was dropped."
A motion to recommend the list of names as offered by the
secretary was made. The chairman shook his head doubtingly.
"I think," he said, "that it would be better for us to go slow on
that name." Judge Fulmore and two or three others spoke in
favor of including Dr. Houston's name in the list to be recom-
mended, giving various facts in his life which they believed were
sufficient proof of his political orthodoxy. The feeling in favor
of the motion was so plainly compelling that the chairman, al-
though looking very anxious and troubled, finally put it to vote,
and it was carried unanimously. As he announced the result, the
old man shook his head warningly. "I can't help questioning the
wisdom of this action at this time," he said. "We would have
done better if we had waited a little longer until the affair in the
Legislature was forgotten. We don't want to hurt the Association
in the minds of the people. So far as I myself am concerned,
I have nothing whatever against the young man, and I am sure
I hope he will live the thing down."
Now, I must take the precaution of seeing that I make plain
the primary meaning of this incident. Governor Roberts stands
Here’s what’s next.
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