The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 202
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had a large following in Travis County and in Texas. The Southern
Intelligencer, edited by A. B. Norton, backed Houston and the
Travis Union Club. In 186o the Intelligencer stated Houston's
stand on secession:
The Unionl-Can a sane man dare to estimate its value? If there
be a single infelicity in it, is it strange? What earthly [thing] do we
possess that is absolutely perfect? Shall we cut our throat because a
tooth aches-shall we divorce our wife because she has a mole on her
arm-shall we kick our child out of doors because he lisps-shall we
kill our brother because his convictions are different from ours? No,
The Gazette was one organizing force behind a mass meeting
of Travis County citizens held at the courthouse on Saturday,
November 17, 186o. The meeting approved a resolution calling
for a convention to determine whether or not Texas should
secede from the Union.
The Gazette pressed for a state convention. In the November
24 issue the editor said, "It is clear that nine-tenths of our people
are determined to sever their political connection with the North-
ern States, and that Texas will secede from the Union." A stronger
appeal appeared in another article: "They [the people of the
South] should not postpone the day of resistance until the enemy
shall become stronger and they shall become weaker, or until they
shall be tied hand and foot."40
The seventh in the series of "The Crisis" illustrated the stand
taken by the Gazette and the Texas secessionists:
We are struggling to maintain and defend our social system and
our rights of property, the safety of our homes, and the lives of our
families from the torch and poison of the fanatic, the murderer and
Another secession meeting was held on Saturday, November
24, in Austin. The participants had word that Senator James
Chestnut, Jr., of South Carolina had resigned his seat in the
National Congress and that South Carolina had scheduled a
secession convention for December 17. The Austin meeting was
a victory for the secessionists: "The advocates of submission ex-
a9Southern Intelligencer (Austin), September 5, 186o, p. i.
4oTexas State Gazette, November 24, i86o, p. e.
411bid., December i, 186o, p. a.
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