Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas. Page: 3 of 24
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The Governor's Message
GOVERNOR'S OFFICE, AUSTIN, TEXAS, January 18, 1911.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:
Article Four, Section Nine of our State Constitution, says that the
Governor shall, at the commencement of each session, give to the Legislature
information, by message, of the condition of the State, and
recommend such measures as may be deemed expedient. In obedience
to this requirement I submit the following:
The last Democratic platform makes few demands for specific legislation.
The central thought in that excellent document is legislative
rest; the development and prosperity of Texas; harmony and
political peace between and among our people; the general encouragement
of agriculture; encouragement of the development of the
mineral wealth of the State by suitable laws; and the perfection of
our educational system up to the full needs of our people; adequate
provision for the support of the University and Agricultural and
Mechanical College and their divorcement and separation, in law
as well as in management. Certainly no platform could declare for
a higher set of principles and purposes than those just enumerated.
The legislative rest and the political peace for which the platform
declares will be an incentive that will lead to redoubled efforts on
the part of all our citizens who are striving to develop themselves and
the wonderfully rich natural resources of our State. My sincerest
wish and highest hope is that these declarations may be lived up to
by the members of our party, and if strife must come and bitterness
of spirit prevail, let it be on the hustings and not in the management
of the affairs of government.
I do not believe there is a public demand for any general new
legislation. On the contrary, after a strenuous political canvass.
lasting several months, the public expression was an unequivocal
demand for legislative rest. The platform of the Democratic party,
adopted after the general primary election by the convention held
last August, while the Thirty-first Legislature was in special session,
demanded, in no uncertain tones, that the people of Texas be given
a legislative rest. It was contended then by some whom the party
had put in authority, that the Galveston platform was not binding
upon them, that they received their instructions from the convention
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Colquitt, O. B. Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas., book, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5834/m1/3/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .