The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, July 1978 - April, 1979 Page: 264
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ern way of life." To the Unionists the fight over slavery in the terri-
tories was unrealistic-nature had already answered that question. Fur-
thermore, most believed southern slavery safer in the Union than out.
They despised equally all disunionists: fire-eaters whom they feared
would pay the price of secession to reopen the foreign slave trade, and
abolitionists whom they felt would disrupt the Union to free the slaves.
Eventually, most who had supported Bell became, as he did, reluctant
Confederates; some retired from public life altogether; and a few fled
as war refugees, or actively resisted the Confederacy. Still in 186o the
sentiment of most Texas Constitutional Union leaders toward disunion-
ists was expressed by words Sam Houston quoted during the secession
Is there not some chosen curse,
Some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven,
Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the men,
Who owe their greatness to their country's ruin?42
42This quotation is found in the Haynes Scrapbook, p. 36, John L. Haynes Papers (Ar-
chives, University of Texas Library, Austin). Haynes noted that "this quotation was . .
used in one of [Houston's] speeches during the session of the Secession Convention...."
Haynes, a prewar Starr County legislator and a Houston supporter, became a Constitu-
tional Unionist, Civil War refugee, and Union army colonel, and the first chairman of the
Texas Republican party. The quotation used by Houston is a slightly altered version of
Joseph Addison's Cato, Act. I, sc. i, lines 21-24.
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