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34 TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO.
of a mighty State, and contributed their full share towards establishing
law, order and the peace and prosperity of the people of
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JUDGE R. E. B. BAYLOR was on the bench when the writer
arrived in Centreville, in 1851, and was by him granted the privilege
of practicing law in the district and inferior courts of the
State. Judge Baylor was a resident of Washington county. He
was a kind faced, kind hearted man, sociable, easy of approach,
and most courteous to the members of the bar, and especially
considerate of the young attorneys. He was not only a learned
lawyer, a just and upright judge, but he was a most earnest and
eloquent preacher of the gospel, of the Baptist denomination, and
an accomplished performer on the violin. The writer was deeply
impressed by Judge Baylor's charges to the grand jury, dwelling
most earnestly on the duty of every citizen to obey the law as the
palladium of our safety and the only security for life, liberty and
property. He would earnestly exhort the jury to ferret out every
violation of the law, at the same time to be sure and present no
man through envy, hatred, malice or revenge, and leave no man
unpresented through fear, favor, affection or the hope of reward.
"Why," said he, "if there should be offered you a whole mountain
of golden guineas it should not swerve you one hair's breadth from
the path of duty." The example and influence of this good man
was all on the side of religion, morality, law and order, and the
good he accomplished in those early days and somewhat turbulent
times for Texas and her people is beyond estimate. His was a
civilizing, uplifting influence. Not only was he the friend of religion
and morality, but he was the active, persistent friend of education.
He not only lent the cause of education his name and
influence, but he aided it by contributing his means. All honor
to his name. The people of Texas owe this early settler and pioneer
their gratitude and grateful remembrance.
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JUDGE HENRY J. JEWETT was a native of the State of New
Hampshire. He came to Texas at an early day. He had a collegiate
education; was a man of cultured and polished manners.
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