The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 270
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270 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
spirit of Jacksonian Democracy and laissez faire (in some respects
at least) is greatly in evidence, coupled with a general hatred of
the "Reconstruction" constitution of 1869 and a desire to get back
to the "good old principles" of the Constitution of 1845. A tend-
ency was also shown to arrogate sweeping powers to the conven-
tion while in session. The desire to restrict the operations of the
legislature is evident from an examination of the document which
emanated from this body, and no less evident is the agrarian pas-
sion, prevalent at the time, to shackle the "interests." Amusing
are the narrow attitudes taken by some members toward public
education and the establishment of the poll tax.
Perhaps the greatest value of this work is to remind Texans of
the present defects of the instrument of which this convention
was the author. Great though some of its features may be re-
garded, it is amazing that, what with the tremendous changes
Texas has undergone since 1875, it should still be possible to op-
erate the state government according to a constitution framed
under conditions now so remote. The Debates will also prove of
great value to those who sooner or later will call to life a new
convention for the purpose of overhauling the work of the con-
vention of 1875.
0. DoUGLAs WEEKS.
The Texas Library and Historical Commission (Texas State
Library) has published the Journals of the Fourth Congress of
the Republic of Texas, 1889-1840, to Which Are Added the Re-
lief Laws. Volume I, the Senate Journal; Volume II, the House
Journal. The volumes are painstakingly edited by Miss Harriet
Smither, the scholarly Archivist of the Texas State Library.
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