The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978 Page: 298
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Our prospects are, on the whole, good. The visit of ex-President Jef-
ferson Davis has produced a better effect than was anticipated, but it is
deemed best that he should be only supplied with money and should
not be induced to remove to this State; for in that event he would
get elected to the U.S. Senate, and that would blight the aspirations of
too many of our prominent public men.
It is cheering to note that since the blacks have been made to under-
stand that had we not got up the war they would be slaves still; and
since we have brought the right pressure to bear upon them in counties
where they are in a decided minority, they either do not vote at all or
else we get a fair proportion of their votes.
In the present canvass, if every other resource should fail, we feel as-
sured that we can and will triumph by means of the judicious and suffi-
cient use of money. Our great corporations and particularly our rail-
road companies have got from us larger subsidies in land than the Radi-
cals and our own folks combined were heretofore able to give them in
money. In the very teeth of the constitutional provision that "taxation
shall be equal and uniform throughout the State," our Fourteenth Leg-
islature undertook to exempt from all taxation for twenty-five years
their enormous land grant to one of these companies. If we are pressed,
our railway companies will have to come to the rescue. To give free
passes to our office-holders, editors and stump speakers is not enough.
We must make them (no matter how unwilling they may be), come
down with their cash. They are yet in our power. With the material aid
which they are bound to supply, we cannot fail.
N.B.-The printed and signed note of transmittal accompanying this
circular is to be destroyed as soon as read, so that it may not become
known by or to whom it is sent.
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