Notes and Documents
Coitcmporarry CoImeats ow ZcKas, 1844-1847
Edited by NELL MICK PUGH
N THE RECORDS of the forty-eighth civil case tried in the First
Judicial District Court at Wharton, Texas,1 are three letters
written from Philadelphia and Washington City and one
written from Port Lavaca that were admitted as evidence. The
first three are of interest for the comments of a businessman who
was anxious to invest money in Texas. The letters were to his son
who was in Port Lavaca.
In the first letter, sent from Philadelphia on November 24,
1844, the writer did not mention the successful telegraph line
completed that year. He did complain of the President's2 keeping
I came to Washington City on business of Mr. Butterworth and
myself in July. On my arrival there the President of the U. S. with
whom my business was (and could be attended to by no other person)
was about getting a wife in New York. I attempted four times to see
him without finding him at his post-the fifth visit he was there but
so engaged in preparing his message he could not attend to me. On my
business it is of great importance to us in a pecuniary view, and I
determined to remain until my business is accomplished or refused.
I cannot get any business attended to until after the meeting of Con-
gress, so soon as I ascertain the views of the President on the subject
of my mission I will put off South where I expect to hear from you on
all subjects fully in relation to your business, your prospects, the
political prospects of the country and your wishes.
The writer then went on to give his views on annexation.
From the results of the Presidential Election I feel satisfied some
important steps will be taken in relation to the immediate assimilation
of Texas to this government. My own impression is, it will create a
rupture or war between the U. S. and Mexico. If it is to come the
sooner the better for Texas and its citizens. Mexico may spludge a little
1Joseph Migginson, judge, First Judicial District; George Quinan, lawyer for the
plaintiff, Thomas A. Rogers, Jr.; John B. Jones, lawyer for the defendant, Thomas
A. Rogers, Sr.; Alex Moore, foreman of the jury.
2John Tyler, inaugurated as President on April 6, 1841, following the death of
President William Henry Harrison.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed November 26, 2015.