The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 10
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out as one of the most experienced political leaders in the whole
history of Texas, familiar as few, if any, others have ever been
with the feeling of the people. As pioneer and district attorney
in the days of the Republic; as district judge, chief justice of the
Supreme Court in the State; as commander of the Houston Elev-
enth Infantry in the Confederacy; as Governor, and finally, in
these last days as professor of law in the University, he had come
into contact with the mind of the masses as probably no other man
has ever had the opportunity of doing in Texas. Wise, prudent,
far-seeing, well he realized that spring afternoon in 1898 that the
slightest hint going out over the State that our infant Association
was lax in its devotion to the traditions which enshrined the "Lost
Cause" in their hearts as something inexpressibly sacred would not
be reasoned about by our people. It would simply be felt, and the
Association would suffer as the victim of their resentment. As
president of the State Historical Association, he was taking thought
first of all for its welfare. Consideration for individuals, no matter
how worthy, did not concern him.
Fortunately, however, our action, when it was ratified by the
assembly at the annual meeting, created no excitement, and the
forebodings of Governor Roberts came to naught. He, however,
was not there to see. He died on May 19, very shortly after this
meeting of the executive council, and the vice-president, Dudley
G. Wooten, as presiding officer delivered a fitting eulogy in his
The story of the Association during its next few years is that
of most newly established organizations which make their appeal
especially to the intellectual: a struggle to increase the member-
ship, a struggle to secure funds, a struggle to carry out the projects
offered to its consideration in the face of insufficient resources, a
struggle to get its patriotic message over to the people-the whole
people. Somehow the work went forward. It never seemed to slip
backward. Its progress was certainly slow, but never uncertain.
The main difficulty was in the strain for funds. Money came in so
slowly. I don't know where it came from, but I do know that not
money, but service, given without price on the part of, first of all
Dr. Garrison, and then of a little group of young disciples whom
Here’s what’s next.
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