"Although this convention is the stormiest we have ever attended, and from its dissentions we judge the [Republican] party is badly split. If the Democrats and Conservatives of Florida don’t take such advantage of it as will insure them success, then we say they deserve ‘to be bound hand and foot,’ and ever be under the heel and ground to powder by their former slaves. Such a mess of ‘rag, tag, and bobtail’ buncomb and bombast, ignorance and corruption we have never seen. It is a disgrace to the civilization of the age.“
Brown, Jr., Canter
""Where are now the hopes I cherished?" The Life and Times of Robert Meacham,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 69:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol69/iss1/3