the Joseph Alvey Clayton-Margaret Amanda Poole Web Site
by Roger Bartlett
This item was printed
in The Navarro Express,
Corsicana, Texas, December 21, 1860, page 2, column 4.
At a mass meeting held in
the town of Corsicana, on the 15th day of December, 1860, by previous
appointment, for the purpose of nominating two candidates to represent
Navarro and Hill counties in the approaching State
A. Clayton was appointed President, Edwin Garlic, J. T. Spence,
Elijah Melton, F. M. Martin, and Benjamin Roberts, Vice-Presidents, and
J. Eliot and L. T. Wheeler Secretaries.
. . .
Prior to balloting,the following resolutions
Resolved, That we deem it unwise to
ask additional guarantees for our rights in the Union, experience having
shown that the guarantees of the Constitution are wholly ineffectual,
and every compromise and guaranty that has been made, as ruthlessly and
wickedly broken as it was solemnly and sacredly made.
Resolved, That the doctrine of negro
equality is abhorrent to every feeling of our nature, and if Texas will
be true to her great history, and withdraw from the poisonous contract
and degrading breath, we severally pledge ourselves to stand by her in
every hour of peril, and hold up her stainless hands, the pride of a
free, happy and great people, or failing will find a common honored
grave in her bosom.
Resolved, That action, strong,
determined and resolute, is now the part of wisdom for Texas, and that
she should at once, and without hesitation secede from the Northern
States, and resume the powers delegated to the Federal Government.
. . .
Went into the election of a candidate [for the
state convention] by ballot, and after a spirited contest, at the end of
the third ballot Joseph A. Clayton, having a majority of all the ballots
cast, was declared by a viva voce vote unanimously nominated as
the choice of the meeting.