91st PA-Texas Freedman's Bureau, articles in Galveston Daily News, 1866

Mr. Cushing and his Ten Thousand Dollars:

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[source: Galveston Daily News, 25 April 1866, page 2, column 2.]

Mr. Cushing and his Ten Thousand Dollars:

When we referred Mr. Cushing to General Gregory and Judges Caldwell and Baldwin as the witnesses against him in relation to the report of his having expressed his willingness to advocate negro suffrage for the sum of ten thousand dollars--cash in hand paid--we had the right to expect that he would either admit its truth, or prove it false through those gentlemen. Such is the usual course with candid men. He has done neither the one nor the other. We now propose to go one step further, and thereupon publish the following card from Mr. Matthew Whildin, associated editor of this paper:

GALVESTON, April 21, 1866:

MESS. F. FLAKE & CO., Gentlemen:--

In reply to your request that I would furnish over my own signature and for publication, such statements as I have given you verbally and upon the basis of which you have made the various remarks that have from time to time appeared in the Bulletin, in relation to the alleged contemplated purchase and sale of the Houston Telegraph, for the advocacy of negro suffrage, I have to say that Capt. Samuel J. Wright, A. Q. M. upon the staff of Gen. Gregory, stated to me that Judges Baldwin and Caldwell had conversed upon this matter in his presence, and that Judge Caldwell had regretted the lack of radicalism on the part of the Bulletin, and said that Mr. Cushing was in favor of negro suffrage--would advocate it if remunerated for the losses he would incur--say to the amount of ten thousand dollars, and that he would advocate the same in the columns of the Houston Telegraph if paid that amount.

The same statement was made to me by Gen. Gregory, and other members of his staff.

Very respectfully,

Now, in closing our present connection with the controversy, we have to say that either General Wright or General Gregory have misrepresented the statements of Judge Caldwell, or the issue lies between that gentleman and Mr. Cushing. And until he publishes a statement from Judge Caldwell, we do not feel bound to reply to any general repetition of his denial.

Judge Baldwin is a neighbor to Mr. Cushing; Judge Caldwell lives on the railroad, at the distance of a few hours' ride. It would be very easy for Mr. Cushing to procure statements from these gentlemen. We are not personally interested in this matter. Mr. Cushing's interests are at stake, ond [sic] if he is not at all solicitous for his reputation, we do not see that we should be.--Flake's Bulletin.

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