Oration of Gov. R.B. Hubbard of Texas, Delivered at Philadelphia, at the United States Centennial Exposition, on September 11, 1

Austin: np, 1877. 16pp. Issued in printed wrappers, here bound into quarter leather and marbled boards preserving the front wrap. Wrap slightly soiled pages browned light vertical fold. Hubbard became governor in 1876, serving until 1879. Raines says of him, "Gov. Hubbardd has no superior, perhaps, as an orator in Texas." In this oration, addressing the president of the U.S. and the U.S. Centennial Commission, he traces Texas history, expounding on the state's glories and riches and defending the moral character of her people against the myth of lawlessness and "the envenomed slang of the hustings and the promptings of a blind and unforgiving fanaticism!... Sir, you have been told that we are demons in hate, and gloat in the thought of war and blood.... I denounce the utterance as an inhuman slander, and a damnable and unpardonable falsehood against a brave, and God knows, a long-suffering people!" He ends with an appeal for a healing of the wounds left by the Civil War: "Let us bury the feuds of that stormy hour of our history. In this generous and knightly spirit, Texas to-day sends fraternal greeting to all the States of the Union." Item #20607

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