The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 100
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In the first part of the book, the author appears, not as a. mere
collector of source material, but as an historiographer, weaving
his materials into an interesting account of the early attempts to
organize political parties in Texas. From this account it appears
that there were no regularly organized political parties during the
period of the Republic of Texas. However, the mass of the peo-
ple fell into two political groups, one strongly attached to General
Sam Houston and his policies, while the other group, supported
the policies of Lamar and Burnet.
A very good view of these personal factions is presented in the
following editorial quoted from the Red-Lander of July 13, 1844,
a paper supporting the Houston faction, published a.t San Augus-
tine in the eastern part of the State:
"Anson Jones' claims are advocated by the party which sup-
ports the policy and principles of the present administration, and
which he stands in some considerable degree pledged to carry out
on account of his being one of the constitutional advisers of Presi-
dent Houston. General Burleson is the other candidate, who has
identified himself with the Lamar and Burnet party in their con-
tinual opposition to every leading measure of the present admin-
istration by his votes which he has given while he was senator
from Bastrop county and since while he has been presiding over
that body as vice-president. The friends of General Burleson can-
not disguise the fact that he is in strong alliance with the latter
party and that this is the party which put him in nomination for
the presidency and which is sustaining him in the canvass. They
also cannot deny' the fact that ever since the organization of the
government there has been a strong party opposition to General
Houston's measures, notwithstanding they say that the lines of
party distinction have not been drawn in Texas. Every citizen
who is familiar with the political condition of the country from
its organization to the present time will sustain us in the asser-
tion that there have been two distinct parties which have their
political tenets and creeds as clearly defined as the present Whig
and Democratic parties in the United States. . . . The party
which supports General Burleson have even carried their political
clamors, so far that they have created a strong national prejudice
in the West against the East, and every measure almost of a gen-
eral character (such, for instance, as the census bill of the last
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/108/?rotate=270: accessed July 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.