The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965

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8.A. Pease's Accoaut of the exas KevoAlutio
Edited by
KATHERINE HART AND ELIZABETH KEMP
N THE MASS OF MATERIAL RELATING TO GOVERNOR ELISHA
Marshall Pease and his family, given by the heirs of R. Niles
Graham to the Austin-Travis County Collection of the Austin
Public Library, there are comparatively few of Pease's own letters
from the earliest period of his residence in Texas. A noteworthy
exception is the one which follows.
E. M. Pease came to Texas in January, 1835, on the schooner
San Felipe. He was accompanied by his father, Lorrain Thompson
Pease, who came to look the country over, with the idea of settling
in Texas. The father returned to Connecticut but the son stayed
on and began studying law in the Mina office of Don Carlos Bar-
rett. He participated in the battle of Gonzales and, after with-
drawing from active service because of ill health, held various
posts in the early government of the Republic of Texas. When
the letter was written, he was probably clerk of the judicial com-
mittee of the House of Representatives.
In the meantime, Pease's younger brother, Lorrain Thompson
Pease, Jr., had come to Texas, had fought in the battle of Goliad,
and had been taken captive. He escaped, rejoined his brother, but
died August 31, 1836, of wounds received in the battle. He was
called Thompson by the family, and it is to his death that Pease
refers in the first paragraph of the letter. The account of the Texas
Revolution apparently was written by Pease in response to a re-
quest of his father for first hand information. The "proposed
undertaking" of the elder Pease was a short book on Texas to be
published with one being written by John M. Niles on South
America and Mexico. Niles, United States Senator from Con-
necticut and later Postmaster General of the United States, was

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