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

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NOTES AND FRAGMENTS.
GOVERNOR BELL'S RECORD--A CORRECTION.--The following ex-
tracts from letters of recent date will serve to correct certain state-
ments concerning Governor P. H. Bell which were published in
THE QUARTERLY some years ago.1
Z. T. FULMORE.
RALEIGH, N. C., November 30, 1909.
HON. Z. T. FULMORE, Austin, Texas.
MY DEAR SIR: . . . I knew him [Governor Bell] from the
year 1867, until he died and . . . I was his legal adviser for
many years. He lived in the past almost entirely. His heart was
always with his adopted State, Texas . .. He often told me
how he left home and came down to Petersburg, from which place
he went to join the patriot army of Texas. . .. He married
Ella Eaton Dickens, a daughter of William Eaton, a wealthy
planter, who lived in the Roanoke River section in Warren County,
N. C., and the widow of Benjamin Dickens. Mr. Eaton was a
gentleman of large property in lands and negroes, but there was no
distribution of his property until his death in 1869. . . . I
never heard him [Governor Bell] allude to the war between the
States, and therefore I always thought he was not a secessionist.
He took no part in that war and lived through the four years in
retirement on the plantation of Mrs. Bell in Granville County,
N. C. . . . No greater error could be made in reference to
that period of his life than the statement that he acquired through
his wife a large number of slaves and that he enlisted, equipped,
and commanded a regiment of troops in the Confederate service.
Yours very Respectfully.
TWALTER A. MONTGOMERY,2
Raleigh, N. C."
LITTLETON COLLEGE
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
J. M. RH-IODES, LITTLETON, N. C.
January 14, 1910.
MR. Z. T. FULMORE, Austin, Texas.
:MY DEAR SIR: I trust you will excuse my delay in replying to
your favor of November 13th. I saw much of ex-Governor Bell,
'See Vol. III, p. 51.
'Judge Montgomery was for some years associate justice of the supreme
court of North Carolina.-Z. T. F.

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