Papers of Texas Governors
Papers of Texas Governors
Selections from the papers of nineteenth-century Texas governors housed at the Texas State Library and Archives in Austin, Texas.
Letter from C. B. Stewart to Andrew J. Hamilton, November 27, 1865
Stewart, a former store keeper and trader in slaves, writes to Texas's first Reconstruction governor about fears of a "negro insurrection" near Waverly and Danville, sparked by rumors among freedpeople about a general distribution of property around…
County Court of Bosque County to Pendleton Murrah
Members of the Bosque County court complain to the governor about rising prices for foodstuffs caused by the rates that a local quartermaster is willing to pay to haul corn from 40 or 50 miles away. The court suspects that the quartermaster is…
Circular Restricting Sale of Penitentiary Cloth
A circular from W. H. Haynes, chief of the Trans-Mississippi Clothing Department, orders that officers must receive approval before buying cloth from the Texas Penitentiary.
Special Orders Concerning Destruction of San Antonio and Mexican Gulf
A special order directed to the Confederate engineer Col. Lea instructs him to take "the negroes in his charge" to destroy the railroad between Lavaca and Victoria. Detailed instructions about where to bring th enslaved laborers and how to equip them…
Letter from R. R. Haynes to Pendleton Murrah, January 5, 1864
An old friend of Murrah's reports on how his administration has been received in the state and on local developments in Marshall, which is now "filled with Govt functionaries, Govt details, and men, and families, whose misfortunes, have driven them…
Petition from Harry Pope and Sarah Timsy to Recover their Children
In this undated document, two formerly enslaved parents in Cherokee County, Texas, petition Governor Andrew Jackson Hamilton for help in recovering their children from "the former owner by force of arms" after they were "taken out of the petitioners…
Letter from Soldier to Pendleton Murrah about Factories
An anonymous soldier writes the governor of Texas to encourage him to adopt policies favorable to the introduction of manufacturing in the state. He compares the progress that Texas has made on factories unfavorably to the progress of neighboring…
Letter from Daniel Atchison to Secretary of State
Atchison writes from Navasota in Grimes County to ask that the charter of the Brazos Manufacturing Company, first incorporated by a special law in November 1863, be approved by the governor with himsel and Thomas F. Lockett in charge. He argues that…
Letter from Pendleton Murrah to E. B. Nichols on Cotton Plan
Murrah writes to Nichol to explain his State Plan for purchasing cotton, stressing the need to harmonize with Confederate officials while also pursuing the state's own "liberal policy."
Pendleton Murrah to W. J. Hutchins on Cotton Plan
Governor Murrah writes to Hutchins to justify his State Plan for purchasing cotton and to explain that he intends not to undermine the Confederate Cotton Bureau.