The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

NOTES AND FRAGMENTS
HISTORICAL MATERIALS IN THE ROSENBERG LIBRARY.-In July
of this year the authorities of the -Rosenberg Library at Galveston,
Texas, installed in the corridors of that beautiful and commodious
building a remarkable exhibition of manuscripts, pictures, books,
and museum objects, selected from its valuable historical collec-
tions.
The two most striking groups of manuscripts in the library
are the James Morgan papers, which it holds as custodian for the
old Galveston Historical Society, and the Samuel 1M. Williams
papers, which were recently given to the library by Mrs. Mary D.
League and her son, the late Thomas D. League, daughter and
grandson of Williams. Colonel James Morgan was a merchant
and ship owner doing business on a considerable scale at New
Washington, on Galveston Bay, at the time of the Texas revolution,
and after the Battle of San Jacinto he was put in charge of the
Mexican prisoners interned on Galveston Island. There are
probably two thousand pages of manuscript in this collection. It
covers a variety of subjects, but, to particularize, the most valu-
able are letters from David G. Burnet, ad interim President of the
Republic of Texas, and from Samuel Swartwout and James Treat,
which are important for the early diplomatic history of Texas.
The Williams papers run probably to six or eight thousand pages
of manuscripts and extend from 1819 to 1858. They are par-
ticularly valuable for the economic history of Texas, because after
the revolution Williams became a wholesale merchant and banker
and much of the correspondence concerns his business. The col-
lection contains' some sixty letters written by Stephen F. Austin
in most confidential tone to Williams, who was his secretary
from 1824 until 1836.
Among the great number and variety of museum articles, the
most interesting from a local point of view are two trophies which
were to have been awarded in 1832 to encourage the cultivation
of cotton. One of these is a silver pitcher weighing fifty-one
ounces and appropriately decorated with a cotton plant, which
was to have been given for the best seventy-five bale crop. produced
in Austin's colony; the other is a silver cup, which was to have
been awarded for the best ten-bale crop.

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