The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920

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Mr. S. W. Fisher, of Austin, recently presented to the Uni-
versity of Texas several important historical documents. They
are: (1) The Constitution of the Proprietors of the Town of
Matagorda, dated July 8, 1830,--the original proprietors being
Elias R. Wightman, Stephen F. Austin, representing the estate
of his brother, J. E. B. Austin, H. H. League, and Ira Ingram.
(2) A petition of Stephen F. Austin to the alcalde's court,
July 6, 1830, for authority to enter the association of pro-
prietors as administrator of his deceased brother's estate,
and the order of the alcalde granting the petition. (3) The
minutes of meetings of said proprietors from August 1, 1830, to
April 26, 1838. (4) An original copy (printed) of the funeral
notice of Stephen F. Austin, dated December 28, 1836. These
papers came to Mr. Fisher through his grandfather, S. Rhoads
Fisher. Among the papers, in a leather bill book, was a lock of
hair, labeled in S. Rhoads Fishcr's handwriting as Stephen F.
Austin's.
Professor Eugene C. Barker is preparing for publication the
collection of manuscript and printed documents known as the
Austin Papers, which was preserved by Moses and Stephen F.
Austin and bequeathed to the University of Texas by Colonel
Guy M. Bryan, Moses Austin's grandson. These papers cover a
wide range, dealing with the business of the Austins successively
in Philadelphia, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas; and
their publication will reveal Stephen F. Austin as one of the
great commonwealth builders in American history. Professor
Barker is anxious to make the collection of Austin's writings
as complete and comprehensive as possible, and will therefore
appreciate assistance from anyone who possesses, or knows of,
any letters or other writings of Austin.
Dr. S. O. Young has an article in the Houston Chronicle of
December 7, 1919, about the Houston Telegraph; E. H. Cushing,
the editor, is called a news wizard; the facilities for gathering
news during the Civil War-the "special train" from Orange, and

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