Advice to and a Response From an African American
The following represents the type of advice that was
all too prevalent coming from the white community in
C. W. Bryant Replies to The Telegraph. . . . A Negro delegate to the Constitutional Convention by the name of C. W. Bryant answered the article in the Houston Telegraph of December 16, 1868, in' the Weekly Austin Republican December 23, 1868. The title of Mr. Bryant's article was "Good Advice But We Decline To Take It". Mr. Bryant said: "The Houston Telegraph of the 16th. instant says to us as free men of color, not to ask the privilege of Suffrage yet and if our friends in the convention give this right to us we must reject it. Now Sir, I ask one thing: Why is it that the white people are crying daily, 'Let us vote'? If a free man can live so well in a free country without a voice in the Government, why not try it yourself for awhile?
No Sir; give us the ballot and give it to us for all time, and then if you can outrun us in the race of life, all is well."
Bryant was a delegate from