Questions and Answers.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
In his "History of the Catholic Church Among the Indian Tribes
of the United States," p. 87, John Gilmary Shea writes:
"A full history of this [the Texas] mission was composed about
the year 1783, by one of the Fathers, which is still in manuscript,
and will furnish, when published, a complete account of the labors
of the Apostolic men of whom the present writer can only glean
In a note Shea adds: "I had the work in my hands, and was in
treaty for its purchase; but contrary to every expectation on my
part, it was sold without my knowledge to another, and I have
since been unable to trace it."
Can any one give me information about this manuscript?
EDMOND J. P. SCHMITT.
Baker, in his "Texas Scrap-Book," writes, p. 275:
"John Rice Jones came from Missouri to Texas about the year
1831. He was postmaster-general under the first provisional gov-
ernment. He was for years a merchant, and he died in 1845."
Was this the same John Rice Jones that lived at Vincennes,
Indiana, in the beginning of the century? Can any one give me
more information about him?
EDMOND J. P. SoCHITT.
Mound Prairie, as referred to by Yoakum and Thrall, is five and
a half miles west of the town of Alto, Cherokee county. There is
a settlement in Anderson county, about ten miles west of Palestine,
called Mound Prairie, but it is not near so old as a landmark as the
first named place.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101009/. Accessed September 18, 2014.