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    Andrew Neill 1855 Broadside, "To The People of Texas." One printed page, 8.5" x 11.5", Seguin, July 7, 1855, printed by the State Time Print. A campaign statement from Neill, who ran for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1855. In the statement, Neill expresses his concerns about the proposed State system, which sought to establish taxes to pay for the construction of railways. While Neill supported cross-state railroads, he feared that taxation of such a geographically diverse state would be incompatible. Neill went on to champion education in the state, and was in favor of funding two state universities. He also sough to the improve living conditions for those with disabilities ("deaf, dumb, and blind") and those in asylums. He finished his statement with the following:

    "Fellow-Citizens of Texas: - I have had the misfortune, if such it may be called by some, of being born on foreign soil; but being possessed of a tolerably liberal education, I, of my own choice, came to this free land, fully appreciating and understanding the principles of the constitution, and before I saw Texas, had been honored with both civil and military office. So soon as the tocsin of war was sounded against the oppression of Mexico, I came to Texas, not alone, but with men and means, and on the dark and bloody ground, near which I now live, have I suffered every privation of a frontier soldier, until Texas was disenthralled and free. With lacerating wounds, and servile imprisonments in Mexico, I was still independent; and refusing the protection of the proudest monarch on earth, ran the risks of escape to freedom, and returned to my adopted land. And, now, having lived for nearly twenty years amongst you, apply to me the tests of a Jefferson: - 'Is he honest, is he capable?' - and if in these respects, you are satisfied, cast your votes without reference to party, and I shall be satisfied; and if the choice should be made of another, I shall still endeavor to sustain myself as a good citizen."

    Andrew Neill (1813-1883) was Scottish by birth, but 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. Despite the above campaigning attempt, he was defeated in his bid for Texas' lieutenant governor during the party primary election. When the Civil War began, Neill moved to Galveston and became a lieutenant colonel in the First Texas Partisan Rangers.

    Condition: Light toning throughout, chipping along edges. Some small clean tears at vertical edges. Some small strips of archival material on verso to reinforce the paper. Otherwise very fine.


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