A LETTER BOOK OF JOSEPH EVE, UNITED STATES
CHARGE D'AFFAIRES TO TEXAS
JOSEPH MILTON NANCE
JOSEPH EVE TO JOSEPH N. EVE4o
Austin City January 12th 1842
I have for some time intended writing to you and William
Ballinger,41 But business and a continual crowd of company at
my house since I have been in Austin with the Congress in Session
as well as the Supreme Court of this Republic; has prevented me
untill this time and I would not now know where to write to Pitt
as I am not advised whither he is at school or in Barbourville.
You are bound to me by the Strong ties of consanguinity, you
have been named after me, I cannot then entertain any feeling
but the greatest anxiety, for your prosperity and hapiness. You
have now arived at an age, when your character is to be formed,
for good or bad, for hapiness or prosperity, or for infamy or
disgrace, wretchedness or misery, My experience has been that
my [sic] by our own acts, we make our own destiny in a great
degree here, and hereafter, By good and virtuous deeds we en-
tertain our self respect and approbation of all good and prudent
men; Whereas by vicious, wicked and imprudent conduct, we
leave a sting behind which continually corodes, the heart a reflect-
ing mind, it destroys our self respect and self pride, wonds
4oJoseph N. Eve was a relative (probably a nephew) of Joseph Eve.
He represented Owsley County in the Kentucky House of Representa-
41William Pitt Ballinger (Sept. 25, 1825- ? ) was the son of James
Franklin Ballinger and nephew of Joseph Eve, who married his aunt,
Betsy Withers Ballinger. William Pitt was born at Barbourville, Knox
County, Kentucky, and there he received his early education. He later
studied one year at St. Mary's College near Lebanon, Kentucky, and then
worked in the office of his father, who was chief clerk of Knox County.
Poor health forced him to seek a milder climate; so upon the invitation
of his uncle, Judge James Love of Galveston, he went to Texas in 1843
to study law. After having served in the Mexican War, he married the
sister of Thomas M. Jack, Hattie Patrick Jack, of Brazoria County, in
1850. Thomas M. Jack and William Pitt Ballinger were law partners
from 1854 to 1880, when Jack died. William Pitt soon became a promi-
nent lawyer; served in the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1876; but
twice declined becoming Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.
Ballinger Genealogy in Archives of Texas State Library; James D. Lynch,
The Bench and Bar of Tecas. St. Louis (Nixon-Jones Printing Co.),
1885. Pp. 412-6.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101111/. Accessed April 1, 2015.