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

Radical Misrepresentations in England.

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[source: Galveston Daily News, 27 April 1866, page 2, column 2.]

Radical Misrepresentations in England.

We have been shown a letter written by Mr. Wm. Little and dated Newcastle, England, March 28, 1866, in which the writer says to his correspondent (Mr. A. C. Crawford) here, that the account of the social and political condition of affairs in Texas by Mr. Crawford, was contradicted by all the accounts in England, and extensively circulated there through all the journals. These accounts, Mr. Little says, represent the negroes in insurrection--that crime, lawlessness and a spirit of secession prevails among our white population--and that there is a fearful state of destitution among both whites and blacks. He adds that another Texas letter, dated Galveston, February 3d, uses language in regard to the city of Galveston "which is truly appalling and not fit for publication." And yet this letter, he says, is published in the English papers and generally believed. He also says, Gen. Strong's official report of his travels in Texas [presumably the report published in the Serial Set] is extensively circulated in England, and notwithstanding this report is here universally known to be false and published only for the purpose of enabling the Radicals the better to carry out their policy, yet it has gained almost universal credit in England. Unfortunately for us and the cause of truth, the contradictions published in all the papers of this State never seem to reach England, or, if they do, are not republished there. The consequence, says Mr. Little, has been to discourage emigration to our State and to the South generally.

The same misrepresentations producing the impression of general lawlessness, insubordination and threatenings of civil war among us, has had the effect to prevent capital from coming here, a large amount of which would have been invested in our State, as Mr. Little says, but for the alleged insecurity.

This is only another confirmation of what is here known to be the settled policy of the Radicals--namely, to keep before the public a constant succession of manufactured reports representing the whole South as utterly demoralized, insurrectionary and disloyal. This policy was found necessary in order to give a plausible pretext for keeping up a military government among us, and to justify the indefinite exclusion of our members to Congress from any participation in the deliberations of that body. This, it is well known, was absolutely necessary to enable the Radical majority to retain the government in their own hands.

We would here suggest the importance of taking every measure in our power to counteract these false and injurious misrepresentations. We have no doubt the British Consul in this city, and indeed the resident consuls of every other nation in Europe, will cheerfully contradict such reports officially, if requested to do so, and we would suggest that they should be requested to do it, in justice to the cause of truth. We do not believe there has ever been a time when the people of the South were more peacably inclined, or when there were fewer acts of violence and lawlessness among our own citizens, than at present. Nearly all the troubles we have occur among the white and negro soldiers.

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