The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 205
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The Texas Road to Secession and War
for January 28. The editor continued in another article, "We
cannot prudently resist in the Union. It would involve the dire
result of civil war. We must adopt the constitutional remedy of
secession by separate State action." He called Houston a "shame-
less defender of Black Republican preachers" and a "wily and
conceited old gentleman" for his declaration that the South would
submit to Lincoln's Republican government.0
The December 29 issue of the Gazette carried a letter from
Alexander Gregg, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, ad-
dressed to the clergy of the Episcopal church, dated Austin, De-
cember 27. In the letter the bishop presented a prayer to be said
in church services "in view of the present disturbed and alarm-
ing state of public affairs." The prayer read, in part:
Grant, O, Lord, that our rulers may govern, and the people obey
in thy fear; and now especially, in our distress and perplexity, so
order and dispose the hearts of those who are to counsel and decide
upon the public welfare, that they may have a right judgment in all
The Gazette started the New Year in a continued vein of ex-
treme states' rights:
Whilst we can wield our pen, we will continue to expose and
denounce the insidious and wicked enemies of our state. We will
perseveringly point out to the submissionists dirt for their stomachs
until they can be filled ad nauseam.12
Other events were filling the bewildered people of Austin with
a sense of expectancy. In late December came the news of the
secession of South Carolina. A one hundred-gun salute was fired
John Marshall was still in Mississippi because of the "extreme
illness of his lady.""3 He wrote: "I feel that the ties which bind
me here to the sick chamber, have a power and potency about
them which I cannot resist."" William Byrd continued Marshall's
fiery states' rights policy. In January he said, "If we are sane, we
s2Ibid., January 5, 1861, p. 2.
s8Ibid., January 19, 1861, p. 3.
"4Ibid., February 23, 1861, p. 1.
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