The following are a series of editorials from Newcomb. They address ex-secessionist, divisions within the Republican Party, and suffrage. In reading these excerpts, consider not only what is said but how it is said and the language that is used.
James Pearson Newcomb, Sr., Papers, 1835-1941,
The San Antonio Weekly Express, Oct. 22, 1868 (This concerns his anger at traitors)
“… the universal sneer of the unrepenting traitors, who live in the hope of another opportunity to betray their country and destroy their government, is ‘there is too much bitterness in the Radical newspapers (i.e., Newcomb’s) and we will never have peace until such things cease.” He goes on to remark that the southern sentiment is “… the hell inspired spirit of treason and murder.”
(Note: It is
important to consider that Newcomb starts out as a journalist and the papers he
publishes are his primary function. This
changes after he is run out of
“What ab initio men claim is that there is no half-way ground …” and that “… all things done under the authority of the Confederacy was ab initio void.”
“That over a large portioin of the state a peaceable election cannot be held …” and “… that the rights of loyal men, black and white, are trampled on and disregarded.”
“Being national Republicans will not drive the Ku-klux from our doors and preserve us to the purity and freedom of the ballot box. The nation expects us to take of ourselves …” via a state Policy.
(Note: this last can be compared to his later quotes
concerning “taking care of ourselves.”
Compare this to his letter coming out against the