Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
REMINISCENCES OF HENRY SMITH
Brazoria 18th Novr. 1836.
To the Honble M. B. Lamar
In endeavoring to comply with your request, I find myself
greatly at a loss. The destruction of my office and papers at the
burning of San Felipe, during the invasion of the enemy, puts it
entirely out of my power to furnish you with such data as would
at once, not only satisfy your enquiries, but at the same time afford
me infinite pleasure. The only means left within my power is to
furnish you with such scraps and portions of official and other doc-
umentary proceedings as may be within my reach and draw on a
very treacherous memory to complete the chain. In doing this I
cannot descend to minutia or be particular as to dates, but only
give a general outline of the changes and rechanges, actions and
counteractions which have taken place in Texas, within the times
named. And as this is done on the principles of epistolary inter-
course, it will be laid on the plain basis of simple narrative, with a
strict adherence to truth, but without embellishment, and with
perhaps, very little comment.-I will commence with a short bio-
'The autograph document presented herewith is not signed, but it is
written in the handwriting of Henry 'Smith throughout. It is found
,among the Lamar Papers in the Texas State Library. At the time that
it was written Henry Smith was secretary of the treasury and M. B.
Lamar was vice-president of 'the Republic of Texas. It is one of the
fruits of Lamar',s project to write a history of Texas. While all must
regret that Lamar found it impracticable to complete this work, yet his
careful preservation of the data collected 'will place all future students
of Texas history under grateful obligations to him.
In 1887 John Henry Brown published his Life and Times of Henry
Smith, the First Anmerican Governor of Texas. In the 'preparation of
this work he appears to have had the direct and helpful assistance of
the descendants of Governor Smith, and a large and interesting mass of
information covering the period of ,Smith's public life in Texas is pre-
sented within the compass of its 400 pages. ,However, nowhere does he
indicate that he had the slightest clew to the existence of this docun-
ment, which makes important additions to our knowledge of the earlier
period of the subject treated 'by Brown.
The spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are those of the original.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/. Accessed November 26, 2014.