Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 93 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
put forward, as their leader, Col. E. J. Davis, a Texas
Union man, who had done good service during the war,
and against whom nothing can be said except that he
was inordinately ambitious, vain, vindictive, and that he
was then, and for years after, surrounded and influenced
by as lordly a set of unscrupulous adventurers as ever
tyrannized over or wronged the people of any Southern
State. He and Morgan Hamilton, a brother of Jack
Hamilton, were almost the only leaders of respectability
in the whole "Davis party."
The three questions upon which the Davis Republicans
and the Hamilton Republicans wrangled so long in
that convention were these:
ist. Davis contended that all who had participated in
the Rebellion should be disfranchised. Hamilton opposed.
2d. Davis contended that all laws passed by the Legislature
during the Rebellion were null and void, ab
Hamilton contended that only such laws as contravened
the Constitution and laws of the United States
3d. Davis contended for a division of Texas into
three States, and Hamilton opposed.
(The proposition to divide Texas was finally killed on
motion of the writer of these chapters, and if any Texan
thinks that the State was not then in danger of being
divided, let him remember old Virginia.)
Hamilton won on all three of these propositions, and
a constitution was framed in accordance with his views,
and submitted to the people. I quote below a report of
the last day's stormy session of this memorable convention,
by Whilden, the brilliant correspondent of the
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/93/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .