"Presented to the University of Texas by Mrs. James F. Perry,
widow of the late James F. Perry, great nephew of General
Stephen F. Austin. This book has been in the Perry library at
Peach Point since the early thirties. Freeport, Texas, March 18,
1921." This is the inscription on nine ledgers and day books
kept by James F. Perry I, brother-in-law of Stephen F. Austin,
who came to Texas from Missouri in 1831. One of the books is
a plantation record, showing the yield of cotton and corn, the
labor of the slaves, and the state of the weather. It covers the
years 1837-1853. The other volumes contain the record of Perry's
mercantile business in Texas, 1831-1834. The volumes possess
great value for the economic historian of the state.
Through the kindness of Mrs. Forest H. Farley, of Austin, the
University has been permitted to copy a number of interesting
documents and letters handed down to her from her great-grand-
fathers, Patrick Noble, Governor of South Carolina, and William
Calhoun, the elder brother of John C. Calhoun.
Of especial interest is a commission issued on December 14,
1808, by Governor John Drayton naming John C. Calhoun as an
aide-de-camp, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, two letters
from Calhoun to Patrick Noble, one written while serving as
Secretary of War, the other soon after he had sent to Governor
Hamilton his famous defense of the Doctrine of Nullification.
Among the Noble papers, the earliest is a commission issued on
November 10, 1779, by Governor John Rutledge, appointing him
Major of the Upper Division of Regiment Ninety-six of the Militia
commanded by Andrew Pickens, while the most interesting is
Patrick Noble to A Georgia Committee in regard to finding some
common means of defense for the Southern States against "the
arbitrary, unequal, unconstitutional, and therefore unjust system
of federal legislation designed to protect manufacturers."
The student of economic problems will be especially interested
in a bill presented to Governor Noble for "the Traveling Expenses
of Brian Bateman and J. W. Stuckey employed to go to Georgia
after Mina McCay on a charge of stealing negroes, and in a letter
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101078/. Accessed March 8, 2014.