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    [Andrew Neill] Defense Against General Thomas Waul, "To the Public. Facts against Assertions-Proof against Denunciations." Three and one-third printed pages, 8.25" x 11", August 5, 1859, [Texas]. This defense was the result of a feud-fueled by the Galveston News-which had been waging between Colonel Andrew Neill and General Thomas Waul for several years. Neill, a former grand master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, had worked as an executor of an estate associated with Waul. The feud began over complications about Waul's debt to that estate concerning slaves, some bought by Robert E. Lee. Agitating the feud, Neill published this defense which begins: "The election being now over, and time allowed for breathing and thinking, as rational beings, I propose to present a few facts by way of proof, to sustain what I already have said of Gen'l. Waul, the candidate for Congress [Waul was in the process of losing a U.S. Congressional election in the Western District of Texas to Andrew J. Hamilton]. . . . Because I dared to say a word against their nominee, the object of both him and his friends and the press has been, to annihilate me, and to elevate him in Congress, regardless of the means used. But the proofs which I now present, will put a different phase on the matter." In an attempt to add credibility to his defense, Neill then cites articles from the Galveston News along with letters and testimony by H. T. Garnett, John Ireland, and others. Near the end of the document, Neill bemoans, "For Western Texas to be represented by a coward, it is beneath her dignity."

    Andrew Neill (1813-1883) moved to Texas in 1836 and promptly volunteered in the Texas army. In 1854, he served as the grand master of Texas' Masonic Grand Lodge; the next year, he was defeated in his bid for Texas' lieutenant governor. After losing his 1859 congressional election, Thomas Neville Waul (1813-1903) entered Confederate politics and later served in the Confederate Army. Toned with foxing. Some separation along smoothed folds. Near very good.


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