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The author of this little pamphlet has detailed herein some of his
personal recollections of the events occurring during the period of
reconstruction in Texas; which virtually lasted from the enactment
of the reconstruction legislation by Congress, until the inauguration
of Governor Coke. It is from the scenes and incidents, occurring
during this troublesome period of the State's history, which
only had record and place in the memories of the men of that day,
that a proper understanding of the difficulties, troubles, trials, persecutions
and deprivations that environed the people of Texas, can
be appreciated and realized.
While the area of the author's observation was, of course, limited,
yet the same conditions substantially prevailed throughout the
entire State. In preparing the article on reconstruction in Texas,
the author has been encouraged by the hope that it may be of some
value to the future historian of this period of the State's history;
and at least be evidence to some extent to those who have no personal
knowledge of the conditions prevailing at that time of the
patience, conservatism, manliness, determination and courage of the
people of that day, that enabled them, under the most adverse circumstances,
to overcome seemingly insurmountable difficulties, and
repossess themselves peaceably of what they had been deprived ofself-government.
The paper entitled "Reminiscences of Texas and Texans Fifty
Years Ago" is intended to be illustrative of the conditions existing
in Texas, the customs, feelings and sentiments of the people, that
came under the observation of the author at that time; and in addition
some short sketches of the judges that occupied the bench, and
the lawyers that practiced in the Third and Thirteenth Judicial
Districts fifty years ago, with a few short sketches of some early
settlers, clerical and lay.
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