The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910

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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.

THE CLOPPER CORRESPONDENCE, 1834-1838.1
NICHOLAS CLOPPER TO J. C. CLOPPER.2
San Jacinto, 9th April 1834.
My Dear Son
A Mr. Thompson from New York is now arrived here via N. 0
and says one of the Gentn who contracted for my point,3 1600
acres at $2, is coming on prepared to pay and improve it hand-
somely.
You ask whether we have any protestant preaching, and say
you are told that all denominations are tolerated. We have never
yet had preaching on our section, but there are a few travelling
preachers of difft sects, who preach occasionally but it can not yet
in a proper sense be said they are tolerated, but the general expecta-
tion is that this will be the case. We are not yet organized in a State
Govt. on this subject there appears to be more division than was at
first apprehended. Colo Austin is not yet returned, he had started
from Mexico, and was brot back and retained a prissoner owing to
some expressions in a letter written by him to his friend in Texas,-
how this Business will terminate we can not tell, the people are
divided among themselves and we have many lofty minded men,
who are aspirants to Office. Yet upon the whole Texas must flour-
ish in the end. Men of Capitall and enterprise are continually
'The originals of the letters belonging to this correspondence are in
the possession of Mr. Edward N. Clopper, of Cincinnati, and were sent
by him with the Journal of J. C. Clopper for publication in THE QUAR-
TERLY. The Journal was published in the number for July, 1909. The
parties to the correspondence were Nicholas Clopper, his sons Joseph C,
and A. M. Clopper, and Mrs. A. L. Wilson. See THE QUARTERLY, XIII,
44, note. The place to which all the letters are directed is .Cincinnati.
The omitted passages consist partly of relatively unimportant personal
details, and partly of expressions of religious feeling. Most of the notes
and endorsements quoted were probably made by Mrs. Mary Este Clopper,
wife of J. 1C. 'Clapper.
2Endorsed on back "Received May 25, 1834"; and, in a different hand,
"after Husband's very severe illness at Beechwood," the words "very
severe" and "Beechwood" being underscored twice, and the word "illness"
once.
3I. e., what was then called Clopper's Bar or Clopper's Point, and is
now known as Morgan's Point. It is at the northwest extremity of Gal-
veston Bay, between that and, the arm of it known as San Jacinto Bay.

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