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valleys, and the future, for the next ten years at least, was largely on
Texas in 1850 was a young southern state with much unionist
conservatism in its older leadership and established newspaper press.
Questions of immediately pressing importance that year were settled
by compromise. Under these circumstances, the southern rights ad-
vocates in the Lone Star State, as in other slave states, experienced
temporary frustration. Perhaps Texans were especially hesitant about
sectional extremism because they had so recently entered the Union,
but the interest of many in southern unity as represented by the
Nashville Convention in 1850 was genuine. Charles C. Mills sum-
marized this sentiment well in a letter to Governor Peter H. Bell in
January, 1850o. "Texas having so recently come into the Union, should
not be foremost to dissolve it, but I trust she will not waver, when
the crisis shall come.""
85See Karl E. Ashburn, "Slavery and Cotton Production in Texas," Southwestern Social
Science Quarterly, XIV (December, 1933), 266-267, for information on the centers of
slavery in Texas in the 185o's.
"8Mills to Bell, January 18, 1850, Executive Department, Governors' Letters, 1849-1853,
Archives Division, Texas State Library, Austin.
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