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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
tion of law; to short terms and inadequate salaries,
believing that the tenure and compensation of
judges should be such as to place them above the
methods of the hustings and secure them against
the cruelties of poverty, and to invite the best
equipped and most efficient lawyers to the service
of the State. Failing to affect the Convention with
these convictions, he opposed the constitution
adopted by that body and voted against it at the
A Whig so long as the Whig party maintained distinctive
organization, Judge Ballinger always adhered
to its main political tenets. Opposed to
secession, yet, when it had been accomplished, his
heart turned with devotion to his own people and
with them he resisted to the last the war made upon
the South by the Federal government. One of a
committee sent to Richmond by the people of Galveston
to obtain the armament necessary to the
defense of their city, he was, while on this mission,
appointed Confederate States Receiver, and served
as such until the war ended. With Col. Ashbcl
Smith, he was, after the surrender of Gen. Lee's
army, sent by Governor Murrah to New Orleans to
negotiate for surrender by the State and to prevent,
if possible, its occupation by the Federal army.
Returning to Galveston, be resumed the practice of
law, devoting himself to it faithfully until his death.
Although out of politics in the sense of seeking its
emoluments, he maintained a hearty interest in all
public questions, and valued, as one of the dearest
attaching to citizenship, his right of free suffrage.
While independent in his consideration and judgment
of political measures, he voted with the
Perhaps no lawyer of Texas ever gave greater
labor and more distinctive devotion to the science
and practice of the law than he; or more proudly
realized the power, usefelness, ends and majesty
of that science; or gathered more abundantly
of its rewards and honors, or deserved them
Sagacious as an adviser; laborious and exhaustive
in preparation, taking nothing for granted and
yielding not to the unproved dicta of names howsoever
imposing; spirited and uncompromising in advocacy;
learned in the reason and in the philosophy
of the law, as few men are, he brought to the service
of his clients and to the aid of the courts a
professional equipment furnished with every weapon
of forensic conflict.
To his fellows of the bar he habitually manifested
that warmth of personal interest and concern so
engaging and grateful between associates in the
same profession, and they respected him as a lawyer
not more than they admired him as a companion and
prized him as a friend.
Fitted by fortune, inclination and personal accomplishments
for the gracious arts of hospitality,
nothing pleased him more than the presence of
friends at his lovely and typical Southern home;
and it may be doubted whether any member of the
bar of Texas ever imposed upon others so many
and so delightful social obligations.
A gentleman whose reading and reflections were
unconfined by the limitations of his favorite science,
but who touched life and thought at all points, the
charm of his fireside talks made his guests forgetful
that the law was still the exacting mistress of his
life's toil and ambition.
E. H. TERRELL,
Edwin Holland Terrell, of San Antonio, lately
United States Minister to Belgium, comes from a
well-known Virginia family, and was born at Brookville,
Ind., November 21st, 1848. He is the son of
Rev. Williamson Terrell, D. D., one of the most
popular and widely-known ministers in the Methodist
Church in Indiana years ago.
Mr. Terrell's great-grandfather, Henry Terrell,
removed from Virginia to Kentucky in 1787, and
was prominently identified with the early political
history of that State. Mr. Terrell's grandmother
was a sister of Chilton Allan, one of Kentucky's
famous lawyers. who represented the Ashland District
in Congress for many years after Henry Clay
had been promoted to the Senate.
The grandfather of Edwin H. Terrell, Capt.
John Terrell, was a gallant and conspicuous officer
in the campaigns against the Indians shortly after
the Revolution, and was present at Harmar's and
St. Clair's defeats, and also took part in Wayne's
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