Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 296 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
was indebted for the prevention of scenes of
blood, and doubtless the summary execution
of some innocent men, simply because they
were recent comers, or possibly came from
certain States. These wise and just men of
Fort Worth adopted a wise and just course.
They withheld the letter from publication,
but had certified copies made and sent to confidential
men in the various counties involved
in the threatened dangers, to be communicated
to a number of good men to put them
on their guard. One of these certified copies
was communicated to me and at least two
other citizens of my then county. I have
ever preserved it in my scrap book of special
matters touching the current history of the
country in those troublous times. Here is
" DENTON CREEK, July 3, 1860.
" Dear Sir:-A painful abscess on my right
thumb is mny apology for not writing at Anderson.
Our glorious cause is progressing
finely as far south as Brenham. There I
parted with Brother W. He went still further
South. He will do good wherever he
goes. I have traveled up through the frontier
counties,-part of the time under a fictitious
name. I found many friends who
had been initiated and understood the mystic
word. I met with a good number of our
friends in Georgetown. We held a consultation
and were unanimously of the opinion
that we should be cautious of our new associates.
Most of them are desperate characters
and may betray us, as there. are slaveholders
among them and value a negro much more
than a horse. The only good they will do
will be destroying towns, mills, etc., which is
our only hope in Texas at present. If we
can break the Southern merchants and millers
and have their places filled by honest Republicans,
Texas will be an easy prey if we will
only do our duty. All we want for the time
being is control of trade. Trade, assisted by
preaching and teaching, will soon control
public opinion. (Public opinion is mighty
and will prevail.) Lincoln will be elected
and we will then have the administration,
cost what it will. Her sovereignty accomplished,
we have but one more struggle to
make, that is free Texas. We will then have
a connected link from the lakes to the gulf.
Slavery will then be surrounded by land and
water, and will soon sting itself to death. I
repeat, Texas we must have, and our only
chance is to break up the present inhabitants
in whatever way we can, and it must be done.
Some of us will most assuredly suffer in accomplishing
our object, but our Heavenly
Father will reward us for assisting him in
blotting out the greatest curse on earth. It
would be impossible for any of us to do an
act that is as blasphemous in the sight of God
as holding slaves. We must have frequent
consultations with our colored friends. (Let
your meetings be in the night.) Impress
upon their clouded intellects the blessings of
freedom. Induce all to leave you can. Our
arrangements for their accommodation to go
North are better than they have been, but
not as good as I would like. We will need
more agents, both local and traveling. I
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/296/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.