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    J. D. Giddings. 1867 Letter to Texas Governor J. W. Throckmorton With Great Reconstruction Content - "I fear too late to save the South from Negro supremacy". Twelve pages, 8" x 10", Brenham, September 20, 1867, to Governor J. W. Throckmorton, slightly toned, with a few small splits in the fold creases, else in fine condition.

    An excellent letter filled with Reconstruction-era content. Giddings touches on a wealth of "hot button" issues in his letter to the governor. The letter spares no time in drawing in the reader's interest: Giddings begins "...have left in hopes of avoiding the yellow fever which is now raging as epidemic in 125 cases and some 10 deaths...". Giddings comments on Throckmorton's recently defeated opponent in the governor's election, E. M. Pease: "It is hardly necessary for me to say to you that I was highly gratified with your reply to E. M. Pease, esq. on his demand for the office of Gov. of Texas to which the people had most unanimously refused to him. This no doubt was a part and parcel of the Radical Programme...". (Throckmorton had been removed from office in July by General Phillip Sheridan who named Pease his successor.) Giddings devotes a large portion of the letter to race relations and his fear of "Negro supremacy": "...would it not be better for our state to remain under military government than to pass into control of the ignorant blacks led and instigated by the busiest set of unprincipled demagogues that ever ruled and ruined any country...had we not better to submit to military than negro rule..". Giddings ends with a long post script offering his views on the rump congress and the failings thereof. An extraordinary letter offering much insight into the minds of Texas conservatives during the early days of reconstruction. From the Taking of Texas Collection.

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