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.

 

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James Pearson Newcomb, Sr., Papers, 1835-1941, Box 2F110, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

 

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 Texas.  HE returns and becomes a part of the political struggle for Texas and the papers become tool to support and to garner support from the public for his political enterprises.)

 

San Antonio Express, Dec. 2, 1868, “The Convention Constitution”

“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.”

 

Ibid, Jan. 12, 1869, “Debate in the Convention upon the Division Question”

“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.”

 

Ibid.  July 20, 1871, “Austin Correspondence”

“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 Negros in the 1880s.