The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 481
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186o Republican National Convention
If Greeley was openly hostile on the national level to the Texas
delegation, the newspapers in Texas were eloquent in their wrath
and denunciations. The Dallas Herald of June 6 approvingly re-
printed an article from the Houston Telegraph:
if these men went to Chicago, and presented themselves without
any authority, let that be known. Let the people of Texas know the
men who have so foully slandered our state, as to represent that anti-
slaverism has a foot-hold here, and to claim for it, on that account
the attention of the abolitionist. The outrage is deep and black. Let
those who have perpetrated it receive their due reward.
Or if further these men did not go from Texas at all, but have
falsely attempted to represent a loyal state in the camp of her ene-
mies, let that be known, and let not Texas wear the disgrace of having
a serpent in her bosom, which wants but an opportunity to bury its
fangs in her vitals, and then in a like manner destroy her sister states."
News from the East was slow in reaching Texas. Not until June
13 did the Herald carry the truth about the composition of the
Texas delegation. This was in the form of a dispatch from New
York, dated May 23 and signed J. W. S., that had already appeared
in the New Orleans Picayune fully two weeks before.6
. And while I am on the subject of Black Republicanism, let me
refer you to the following extract from the Detroit [Michigan] Free
Press which has just been shown to me. Here it is:
The delegation pretending to represent Texas was got up at New
Haven in this state [Michigan]. The names of the delegates as they
appeared in the published list were Dunbar Henderson, James Scott,
J. Strauss, G. Fitch, delegates at large; E. Garrison, William Seagrist,
M.T.E. [sic] Chandler, A. J. Yoakum, district delegates-not one of
whom has ever been within one thousand miles of Texas. Of these
fellows, Dunbar Henderson is none other than Don C. Henderson,
the editor of a one horse Black Republican newspaper at Allegan in
this state; James Scott is James P. Scott, the Black Republican clerk
of Ottawa County; J. Strauss is simply J. Strauss, the keeper of a small
saloon in the village of Grand Haven. T. M. [sic] Chandler is a resi-
dent of Canada East, and is not now, or never was a resident of the
United States; but at the time the movement started, he was on a visit
to some friends in Grand Haven, and readily entered into it. The
others we believe, did not attend the convention; but all of them are
residents of Grand Haven or its immediate vicinity.
5Dallas Herald, June 6, 186o.
6New Orleans Picayune, May 29, 186o.
7Dallas Herald, June 13, 186o.
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