The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 11
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Grass Lease Fight and Attempted Impeachment
ill in Kansas City, came near dying, and the report reached
Mobeetie that he was dead, Colonel Grigsby was not among the
mourners. Meeting T. D. Hobart, capable representative of the
New York and Texas Land Company, and reminding him of
what a curse Goodnight had been to Texas, he "began giving
him down the country." Of a sudden he stopped with a precau-
"But understand Hobart, if Uncle Charlie isn't dead, this talk
Thus Willis remained in office, but most of the State officials
prominently connected with the administration of the public
domain were swept aside. Browning returned to the House
and Houston to the Senate; Sul Ross was inducted as Governor
in January, 1887; Jim Hogg inherited the fight on Goodnight
from Templeton; and, on the 21st, Willis addressed the Legis-
lature, requesting an investigation "as to the truth and justifi-
cation of such charges and reflections as are made against me"
in Templeton's report.14 Finding both Houston and Browning
against him, Willis, of a timid turn, got into a terrible sweat
and felt sure he would be "slaughtered" if impeachment pro-
ceedings were brought. He asked Browning to see Ilogg and
request a delay in the investigation until he might have time to
consider "tendering his resignation." Browning complied, and
on January 25th Willis came, read his letter of resignation, and
said it would be presented to Governor Ross that day. But
Goodnight, boiling at this turn of affairs, got hold of the letter,
kept Willis under his eye, and refused to let him present it.
Upon the same day a statement by Woodman and Brown
appeared in the Dallas News in defense of the Judge. Brown-
ing was asked to sign the statement, but he refused because he
was "satisfied that there would be an investigation ordered by
the Legislature, and having been counsel for defendants in some
of the cases the signing might be misconstrued. I informed
Judge Willis [he added] that I could take no stock in the mat-
ter on either side.""
Goodnight, in Austin at the time, scouted the assertion being
"3Galveston News, March 17 and 18, 1887; T. D. Hobart.
14House Journal, 1887, p. 105.
1Dallas News, January 25, 1887; The Gazette, January 27, 1887.
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