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II)NDIN WAIRS AND PIONEERS OF TEXA S.
would inevitably follow a dissolution of the Union.
They were wrong in the belief that the questions
that divided the people could be settled peacefully.
From their standpoint they were right in
opposing secession. It is fortunate, all now agree,
that the attempt to secede was unsuccessful. It
was, however, written in the book of fate that it
should be made and fail. A stronger hand than
man's controlled the course of events and brought
about the l)eneficent results that have followed in
their train. We admire the moral and physical
courage that led men of both sides to brave animadversion,
the loss of prestige and death itself in
support of their opinions and principles that they
believed to be correct. They were animated by
that desire for the promotion of the general good
and by that spirit of their fathers that led Pym
and Hampden and Sidney to dare the block and the
soldiers at Concord to fire upon the British regulars.
Let us strew flowers with impartial hand
upon those whom (leath has gathered in its col(
embrace and transmit their memories to posterity,
freed from reproach and with imperishable assurances
of our love and veneration for them.
There was nothing of the time-serving spirit in
Governor Pease's composition. He was incapable
of allowing a desire for personal aggrandizement or
for the promotion of any of his private interests to
induce him to compromise with what he believed to
be wrong. He stood for principles and, seeing
that thev were about to be violated, lie could not
remain silent and inactive. He had no superstitious
reverence for majorities. He knew full well that
majorities are often wrong and that the pages of
history are stained and blurred all over by records
of the mistakes they have made, and the crimes
they have committed. The majority believed for
centuries that the earth was flat and the center
of the universe; in witches and wizards aud necromancy;
that it was impious to attempt by sanitary
measures to stay the pestilence, which they considered
a divine visitation npon the people for their
sins, and it was in accor(lance with the will of
majorities that Christ was condemned to a shameful
death upon the cross, the fires of persecution were
kept ablaze at Smitlfield and Oxfordl, an(l many
noble lives were sacrificed and much cruel wrong
inflicted. He believed that the day had not yet
come when majorities were invested with the attributes
of infallibility. If the majority was right, lie
cheerfully went with it. If he considered it in error,
he as manfully opposed it, nor could he be compelled
by any consideration to cease his opposition.
Even his opponents at all times freely admitted his
honesty of character and purpose. He retired from
office enjoying the respect of all the people.
In 1874 he was tendered tile oflice of Collector of
the Port of Galveston by Secretary of the Interior
Bristow, but declined it.
In 1877 he retired from the active practice of law
in which he had been engaged, except when employed
in the discharge of public duties, since
In 1879 he was tendered, without solicitation
upon his part, the Collectorship of tile port of Galveston,
and, this time, accepted it. This was his
last public service.
Ile was vice-president of the First National Bank
of Austin, at the time of his death, which occurred
at Lampasas Springs, Texas, August 26, 1883, where
lie had gone in search of health. His remains were
interred in the cemetery at Austin.
Governor Pease became a Mason in 1839, joining
St. John's Lodge, No. 5, at Columbia, Texas and took
all the regular degrees. lie was not a member of
any religious organization, but attended the services
of the Episcopal Chlurch, the church in which lie
As a lawyer he had few equals in the State. Ilis
briefs were always clear, fair and logical, and,
while his patient research armed him at every point
in a case, he never sought undue advantage. So
fixed were these traits that Chief Justice Wheeler
once sai(l that the statements of facts in his briefs
were always so lucid an(l-just he could rely upon
tliem without reference to the record. He was frequently
consulted upon important public matters
having a legal bearing, even after his retirement
from practice, and always rendered sucli services
Sincerity ap(l can(lor and an observance of the
golden rule marked his intercourse witli his fellowmen.
Couirtly in manner, kin(lly and genial, he
enjoved tle affectionate regard of the circle of
friendls whom he admitted to his acquaintance. Iie
had as much influence in framing the public policies
and general laws of the State as any man who ever
lived in Texas. IIe was identified with the soil
from the (lays antedating the revolution. It was
his fortune to perform many important public services.
Ilis career covered the most momentous
periods known to our history. lie was the intimate
friend and associate of such men as Wharton,
Iouston, Williamson, Rusk and Archer, and the
leaders of thoughltof later (lays, and his name deserves
a place beside theirs upon the pages of the
lie was married in 1850f to Miss L. C. Niles, a
daughter of Col. Richard Niles, of Windsor, Conn.
This accomplished and most excellent lady and her
only surviving daughter, live at the family seat
near the city of Austin.
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