The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 398
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
your opinions and many others that have known me longest without
calling your attention to the subject.
I have been in Texas upwards of twenty two years the greater portion
of which time has been spent in her service-I know something of her
sufferings, and that of her gallant sons-I claim nothing on this ac-
count-I knew my duty as a citizen and have done it, in whatever
station has been assigned me, fearlessly and I believe faithfully. So
much for the past. Ever grateful to that party in the United States
that alone sustained the Annexation of Texas "with all its contin-
gencies to the last extremity"-to the conclusion of a Treaty of Peace
with Mexico. Still gentlemen I am unwilling to enter upon the pro-
posed canvass upon mere party capital or party names. I am a Demo-
crat all heaven knows, and the earth may now proclaim it, but I
would not at this time of life be put into the hornbook of party strife
and political recrimination for any office. If I am called out and
elected by the people of this District my position as their Represent-
ative is easily defined. As I have said to other friends, I shall represent
Texas as she is-as she was when Annexation took place-and as she
still ought to be one and undivided in these United States: As well
with reference to the question of slavery as in regard to her terri-
torial limits, as defined by her various legislative enactments.
In conclusion for this obtrusive epistle I only ask your candid
advice upon the subject of my solicitude.
Your true friend,
R. M. WILLIAMSON
Col. Moore and Major Lester
P.S. I have no news---crops though not forward bid fair and the health
of the people never was better. Oh yes I have news-my old friend
John Barleycorn died at my hands on the evening of the 3 of the
present month-I have buried him like a gentleman, but without any
day of resurrection-I was assisted by the Washington Division of the
Sons of Temperance in this Solemn duty to myself to my family and
friends to my country and I do not deem it too serious to say to con-
science and to God.
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