Tri-Weekly State Times (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 28, Ed. 1, Tuesday, January 17, 1854 Page: 1 of 4
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AUSTIN TEXAS. TUESDAY JANUARY 17 1854.
Ecmocraita StixW Conversion.
Austin Jan. 9 1854.
In pursuance of a call from iho chair
man of the State Central Committee the
"delegates to the Uemocratic otatc uon-
vcntion assembled in the representative
hall of the old capitol in Austin at 8
o'clock P. M. of this day.
On motion of Col. I. L. Hill of Fay-
otto countv. the convention was tempo
rarily organized by the appointment of
Hon. David C. Dieksonof Grimes county
as chairman and J. W. Hampton of
Travis county as secretary. The secre-
tary commenced the call of the roll of
counties and after several delegates had
unswered and onrollod their names it was
moved that all democrats present from
counties that had not appointed delegates
be invited to come forward as their coun-
ty was called and enroll their names.
The roll of the counties was then called
over when the following delegates enroll-
ed their names :
Angelina It. A. Wooten M. G.
Austin I. L. Hill A. J. Bell II. 13.
Waller J. II. Catlin.
Bastrop Jesse Billingsly.
Bell G. E. Burney.
Bexar S. G. Newton B. E. Edwards.
Bowie II. R. llunnels.
Brazoria Guy M. Bryan.
Brazos James Shaw E. M. Millican.
Burleson James Shaw.
Caldwell C. E. Travis.
Calhoun Col. Harper.
Cameron E. B. Scarborough.
Cass M. D. K. Taylor J. W. Ferris
Cherokee Jos. C. Rushing R. H.
Guinn R. A. Wootcn.
Collin Samuel Bogart Alex. W.
Colorado C. W. Tait.
I Comal G. Schleicher M. A. Dooly.
Cook M. W. Allen.
Dallas Jeff. Weatherford.
Denton M. W. Allen.
De Witt Wm. A. Blair.
El Paso R. Doane J. J. Simes J.
Fayette I. L. Iliil Fred. Tate.
Fort Bend II. B. Waller.
-M. Hunt M.
M. A. Doo-
Grimes D. C. Dickson T. II. M.
' Harris ltobt. Wilson.
Hays C. E. Travis C. Kyle.
Hopkins W. B. Stout A. G. Melton.
Hunt II. Hart.
Jasper W. C. Edward J. H. Speight
J. R. Burk.
Lamar J. Lyday.
Leon J. F. Wood.
McLennan G. E. Burney.
Madison D. A. Boon.
Matagorda II. Thorp J. C. Wilson.
Medina G. Schleicher.
Milam R. Calvort.
Nacogdoches D. Muckelroy B. W.
Brown M. G. Whittaker.
Navarro James Thomas Lee.
Nowton Dr. J. C. Lawhon.
Nueces J. II. Durst.
Panola J. K. Holland II. P. C. Du-
lanoy. Polk W. II. Moore.
Red River J. W. Sims W. B. Stout.
Robortson R. Calvert.
lUsk C. J. Garrison A. J. Laird
W. B. Turner.
San Augustine B. J. Lewis J. A.
Shelby J. K. Holland M. F. Ro-
Smith D. G. Adrian II Ilolman J.
Starr E. R. Ilord.
Travis W. S. Oldham P. B. Calhoun
W. R. Scurry J. B. Banks G. W. Davis
E. R. Pcckjosiah Fisk C. S. West T.
T. Chapman John S. Ford II. W. Sub-
lctt A. B. Burleson.
Trinitv W. R. Moore.
Tyloi N. B. Charlton. j
Upshur Simpson C. Newman.
Aran Zandt Wm. Moore.
Victoria D. M. Slapp J. J. Linn.
Walker C. G. Keenan A. P. Wiley.
Washington R. J. Swearcngcn J. W.
McDade G. W. Crawford.
Wharton J. C. Wilson.
Williamson E. II. Vontrcss J. Arm-
strong Benj. Gooch.
On motion of Dr. Keenan all demo-
crats present were invited to take seats
and participate in the proceedings ot the
On motion of Mr. Wiley the rules go-
verning the House of Representatives
were adopted for the government of this
On motion of Mr. Wilson a committee
of seven was appointed by the chair to
prepare a plan and system of organization
of the democratic party throughout the
State. Whereupon the chair appointed
on said committee Messrs. Scurry of
Travis; Charlton of Tyler; Sims ot Red
River; Hill of Fayette; Speights of
Sabine ; Holland of Shelby ; and Ilord
On motion of Mr. Stout a committee of
five was appointed to report permanent
officers of this convention. The chair ap-
pointed on said committee Messrs. Stout
of Red River ; Thorp of Matagorda ;
Rushing of Cherokee; Moore of Polk;
and Laird of Rusk.
On motion of Mr. Harper the commit-
tee on organization was instructed to re-
port resolutions for the action of this con-
On motion the convention adjourned
until to-morrow (Tuesday) evening at 7
o'clo'ck to meet at the same place.
be adopted. They thoroforo recommend
that this convention elect a central com-
mittee consisting of twenty -five members;
the chairman of baid committee to reside
at or near the peat of government; the
members to bo so selected as to give to
upon his cordial endorsement of that
platfoim was Franklin Pierce elected '
President of the United States by an-unexampled
majority of tho people. Tho
committeo believo tKnt thoso principles-
cannot bo too often rc-aflhmed or our
cach section of the State as near as prac- fealty to them too offon renewed. They
ticablc an equal number of said commit
That the democrats of each county
hold a democratic county meeting for the
election of a county committee to consist
of at least four members; who shall from
their number elect a chairman. And in-
asmuch as we deem it desirablo to effect a
speedy and efficient organization we pro
pose that the delegates from each county
hand in to the secretary of the conven
tion the names oi at leastrlour democrats
residents of Ins county who shall be re-
cognized as a county committee and act
in that capacity until the regular county
committee shall be olected.
That it be made the duty Of tho differ-
ent county committees in the State to
conespond with each other and with the
members of the central committee for the
districts in which they may respectively
reside on all subjects of importance to
the democratic party of this State; and
to call together a democratic county meet-
ing whenever the interests of the party
may seem to demand it for the nomina
tion ot democratic candidates or any
That it bo made the duty of each mem-
ber of the central committee to corres-
pond with the different county committees
within his district as well as the chair-
man of the ccnti al committee.
That the chairman of the central com-
mittee be empowered to appoint a mem-
ber to fill a vacancy in his committee;
and that such appointment shall continue
in force until the meeting of the next
Democratic State Convention when the
authority vested in the central state com-
committec and the county committees cre-
ated by this convention shall expire. 0
That a State Democratic Convention
assemble at Iluntsville in the county of
Walker on the 21st day of April A. D.
1 1855 for the purpose of nominating a
suitable candidate for Governor and Lieu-
Austin Jan. 10.
The convention met pursuant to ad
Present the chairman and officers of
On motion the proceedings of yester-
day were read and adopted.
On motion the committeo appointed at
the last meeting to report permanent of-
ficers of this convention submitted the
Austin Jan. 10 1854.
To Honorable D. C5L)ickson :
The committee appointed to select offi-
cers for tho State Democratic Conven-
tion which is now in session in this city
beg leave to report the following named
For President J. A. Greor.
Vice-Presidents Sam. Bogart of Col-
lin county; W. S. Oldham of Travis
county ; and J. C. Wilson of Matagorda.
For Secretaries E. R. Peck of Tra-
vis; J. C. Lawhon of Newton; and S.
G. Nowlan of Bexar and recommend
their election by the convention.
W.'B. STOUT ChaVn.
On motion the roport was adopted
and tho officers therein named elected to
tho respective offices.
On motion tho committee appointed to
prepare and present a plan of organiza-
tion of the democratic party of tho State
submitted their report as follows:
Tho committee appointed to preparo
and present to this convention a plan for
tho organization of the democratic party
of the Stato have agreed to the following
An examination of tho plan adopted by
tho convention of 1852 has satisfied
them that with a lev alterations neces
sary to harmonize it with tho changed
siaio oi uuairB id is as goou a ono as can
tenant-Governor and such other officers
as they may deem advisable.
That between this and the 21st day of
April A. D. 1855 it shall be the duty of
the various county committees to call
meetings of the democrats in their res-
pective counties for the purpose of ap-
pointing delegates to said convention ; to
give instructions to their delegates as to
whom they prefer as candidates and up-
on such matters of federal and state po-
licy as they may deem necessary and
In conclusion the committee would
recommend the appointment of a commit-
tee whose duty it shall bo to prepare and
publish an address to the democracy of
tho State urging them to united and
energetic action in thoroughly organizing
the party and the necessity for a full rep-
resentation at the convention in 1855.
All of of which is respectfully submit-
ted. WM. R. SCURRY
N. B. CHARLTON
J. W. SIMS
I. L. HILL
J. II. SPEIGHT
J. K. HOLLAND
E. R. IIORD
The same committeo submitted also
their roport on resolutions as follows :
To the Hon. President of the
State Democratic Convention :
The committee on resolutions would
make tho following roport:
That inasmuch as it is contemplated
that another convention will assemble in
1855 prior to any general olection fox-
state officers thoy deem it premature to
adopt any resolutions declaratory of tho
principles and policy of tho democratic
party of this Stale upon questions of
domestic state policy as that duty will
devolve more properly upon that conven-
tion. Tho cardinal principles of tho demo-
cratic party of the Union as understood
and practised by them fiom tho days of
Jefferson to tho present hour have con-
duced more than all things else combined'
to tho progress pro3pority and renown
of tho American confederacy. Thoso
principles were reasserted .by the late
democratic convention at Baltimore ; and
therefore report the following resolutions
and recommend their adoptton:
Resolutions of the Democratic National
Convention at Baltimore in 1852.
Resolved That the American democ-
racy placo their trust in tho intelligence
the patriotism and the discriminating
justice of the American people.
Resolved .1 hat we regard tins as a dis-
tinctive feature of our political creed
which wo arc proud to maintain' before
tho world' us tho great moral elcmentfjn
a form of government springing from
and upheld by the popular will; ard we
contrast it with the creed and practice of
federalism under whatever name or form
which seeks to palsy the will of tho con-
stituent and which conceives no impos-
ture too monstrous for the popular cro-
dulity. Resolved therefore That entertaining
these views the democratic party of this
Union through their delegates assembled
in a general convention of tho States
coming together in a spirit of concord of
devotion to the doctrines and faith of a
free representative government and ap-
pealing to their fellow-citizens for the
rectitude of their intentions renew and
re-assert before the American people
the declaration of principles avowed by
them when on former occasions in 'gen-
eral convention they presented their can-
didates for the popular suffrages.
1. That the federal government is one
of limited powers derived solely from. the
constitution and tho grant of power made
therein ought to be strictly construed by
all the departments and agents of tho go-
vernment; and that it is inexpedient and
dangerous to exercise doubtful constitu-
2. That the constitution does not con-
fer upon the general government the pow-
er to commence and carry on a general
system of internal improvements.
8. That the constitution does not con-
fer authority upon tho fcdeial govern-
ment directly or indirectly to assume
the debts of the several States contract-
ed for local internal improvements! or
other State purposes; nor would Buch as-
sumption be just and expedient.
4. That Justice and sound policy for
bid the federal government to foster one
Drancn ot muustry to tne detriment oi
any other or to cherish the interests of
one portion to tho injury of another por-
tion of our common country that every
citizen and every secjticfcr'of tho country
has a right to defirand and insist upon an
equality of rights ahd privileges and to
complete an ample protection of persons
and property from domestic violence or
5. That it is the duty of every branch
of the government to enforce and practice
the most rigid economy in conducting our
public affairs and that no more revenuo
ought to be raised than is required to de-
fray the expenses of the government and
for tho gradual but certain extinction of
the public debt.
C. That Congress has no power to
charter a national bank; that wo believe
such an institution ono of deadly hostili-
ty to tho best intorests of tho country
dangerous to our ropublican institutions
and the liberties of the people and cal-
culated to place tho business of the coun-
try Avithin the control of a concentrated
money power and above the laws and tho
people; and that tho results of tho demo-
cratic legislation on this and other finan-
cial measures upon which issues havo
been made between tho two political par-
ties of the country havo demonstrated to
candid and practical men of all parties
their soundness safety and utility in all
7. That tho separation of the moneys
pf tho government from banking institu-;
tions is indibpenhablo for the safety of tho
funds of tho government and tho rights
of tho people
8. That tho liboral principles embo-
died by Jefferson in tho Declaration of
Independence and sanctioned ihitho Con-
stitution which makes ours tho fimclf
liberty and the asylum of-tho opprclSed
of every nation havo over been cardinal
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