The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 297
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Searchers will do well to read Day's Preface so that they may
understand precisely the materials which they are using. The
reviewer agrees with the editor that the "biggest hiatus in this
journal is the lack of a voting record for each member."
Francis R. Lubbock had just been elected governor with a
plurality of 124 votes over incumbent Edward Clark. C. W.
Buckley was elected speaker without opposition, only to resign
a month later. Nicholas H. Darnell succeeded to that post. Leg-
islators of the semi-frontier state had mixed reactions as Texas
troops departed for faraway Virginia when there was an omni-
present fear of Indians among the western settlements. Confed-
erate troops stationed on the frontier discouraged large scale
invasions, but offered little protection as the "savage steal slyly
in very small parties." Modifying the militia laws did not cause
appreciable changes in the situation. Financial problems also
plagued the lawmakers as the delegates to the previous session
had not raised taxes to meet wartime fiscal demands. "Our hither-
to overflowing Treasury is empty." Increased taxation seemed
the only alternative. Shortly thereafter, the governor indicated
another partial solution when he vetoed a mileage and per diem
bill for legislators, a matter which took up more discussion time
than other more pressing needs. Other matters under considera-
tion included provisions for a sedition act, the Asylum for the
Blind, schools, supplies for troops on the Potomac, and furniture
for the capitol, a photograph of which serves as the frontispiece.
Photographs, varying in clarity, of several prominent legislators
are also included.
An extensive index and an appendix listing legislators and
their districts will be most helpful. Future publications of this
nature might well include the full name of persons mentioned;
initials only can be quite misleading. Members of the Association
can best demonstrate their appreciation to the Texas State Li-
brary, and thereby encourage future publications of archival
material, by reminding local order librarians that only four hun-
dred copies of this House Journal were printed.
DONALD E. EVERETT
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