The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 390
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Government, for the public safety and defence, but it also subjects
the people of Texas to the suspicion abroad of culpable indiffer-
ence to their rights, if not a complicity with her enemies. The
spontaneous indignation against Lincoln's election in so many
counties of the State, is a sufficient vindication of our citizens
from such a charge at home; but the immediate assembling of the
Legislature, under the call of the Governor, would have refuted
our enemies in the North, and encouraged our friends in our
sister States of the South. When this exigency and its results,
whether for good or evil fortune to the State, shall have passed,
and its history comes to be written, it will be found difficult, if not
impossible, to account for the course of Gov. Houston, as a friend
of the South. Patriotism and loyalty to Texas could not have
suggested it, and we are painfully driven to the conclusion that
he is despotically refusing to call the Legislature to express the
public indignation and protect the State; and endeavoring to
divest that indignation from himself, and tire out the people by
a pretended preference for a Southern Convention, which he
well knows will be most promptly attained through the agency
of the Legislatures of their States.
Forced then as we are, to the conclusion, that the Governor will
not call the Legislature together, and that the spontaneous
effort of the people, in virtue of their own sovereignty, needs
some acceptable means, for giving expression and effect to their
will, we, the people of Galveston County, hereby express our
preference for the plan suggested by our sister County of Harris,
and recommend it for adoption by all the Counties in the State.
This plan, as set forth by the following resolutions, appears to be
as free from objection as any that can be devised; has the merit
of being substantially the same with the one presented by some
of the distinguished citizens of Travis county; and is preferable to
the other projects which have been suggested, in as much as it
alone, clearly defines the purposes and powers of the con-
templated Convention, and provides that the result of its actions
shall be submitted to the people for ratification.
Deeply impressed, therefore, by the necessity of some uniform
plan of action being adopted by the people of the whole State,
as speedily as possible, we urgently appeal to them to join with
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