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"NO MAN SEWETH A PIECE OF NEW CLOTH UNTO AN
AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY PAT M. NEFF, GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, AT
BRENHAM, NOVEMBER 28, 1922, ADVOCATING THE CALLING OF A
Ladies and Gentlemen:
In the best and wisest of books, it is stated that "No man seweth a
piece of new cloth unto an old garment." The Great Teacher further
illustrated His point by declaring that no wise man would put new
wine into old leather bottles. In these words of truth and wisdom I find
a fitting text for the thoughts of this hour. The old-time menial slave,
who, beneath the lash of a master, wove and spun and patched the
garments, is gone; the use of the old:time leather bottle is gone. The
passing of these age-worn customs illustrates the ever changing, the ever
shifting affairs of men. Ancient standards are banished. New ideals
lure us. The race slowly but surely upward climbs. Each generation
has its problems and duties. The victories of those gone before are but
stepping stones to wider and higher things.
INSPIRATIONAL AND HISTORIC GROUND.
For the message of the evening, I selected to come to this historic
county in order that I might stand here, near that sacred, inspirational
shrine, old Washington on the Brazos, where the daring pioneers drafted
and promulgated the first constitution for the people of Texas. The
memory of these heroic, hardy men should nerve our arms and inspire
our hearts to meet with dauntless courage and unflinching eyes the new
duties of today. This brave band of fifty-six delegates on that far-off
March day, 1836, wearing Indian shawls, blankets, and buckskins, gathered
in a crude, one-room store building, without ceiling, without windows,
without doors, to give birth to and to write the Constitution of a
New Republic. How enduring these Anglo-Saxon patriots and pioneers,
who with axe and spade and rifle in hand had threaded the wilderness of
Texas and erected their rude huts on her sunlit plains, built for mankind,
the world well knows. The Constitution they formulated, the verdict
of history pronounces a model of its kind. It blazed new trails. It
was the first document in the world to abolish imprisonment for debt.
It gave to mankind the Homestead Law, a policy and principle that early
became a pattern for every state in the American Union. It was the
first written document known to civilization that recognized woman as
a legal entity with equal property rights with man, thus setting an
example that finds happy fruitage in the newer and greater freedom of
the woman of today. Great as was the work of the great men of that
great day, their handiwork would not meet the changed conditions and
pressing demands of this generation.
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Neff, Pat M. Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation, book, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5835/m1/3/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .