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My father's recital of early Texas battles had imbued
me with the spirit, that those old Texans were
the rightful lords of that grand and new republic,
and that their heroism should be sustained, and when
I grew to be a man, that I would devote my life to
the cause that my father so loved.
In my boyish dreams I was always in command
of men. My education was limited to the common
English branches. As I grew to manhood, I could see
that war should not be our occupation, but the constant
raids of savage foes upon Texas, gave us the
field that our more youthful days had pictured for
us. We were "put in command of men," and our
stewardship will follow. Our work was more prepara.tory
for civil government, consequently we were never
a politician, but always adhered to democratic principles.
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