The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 55
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H. P. Bee.
Hamilton P. Bee, at the early age of fifteen years, brought his
mother out to the then young Republic of Texas, the trip being
made by sea, on the steamship Columbia. They landed at Galves-
ton, Texas, then lately desolated by a fearful storm, in November,
1837. His father was then in Houston filling the office of Secre-
tary of War, and the subject of this sketch thus linked his life
with that of the young Republic. Dutifully and faithfully he fol-
lowed during life its standards through all the mutations of fort-
une, always true to the cause of Texas. 'He first held the position
of clerk in the Comptroller's 'office, the Comptroller being the
writer of this article.
It is a marked incident, as showing the stupendous progress of
the State, that at that time there was only ,one clerk in the Ciomp-
troller's office, and now the working force is counted by scores.
'The friendship thus begun between the Comptroller and his
clerk continued unbroken throughout.
General Bee lived in Houston until his father retired from Presi-
dent Houston's cabinet, when the family moved to Velasco. Here
they resided until the election of Lamar, when, they returned to
the capital, Colonel Bee assuming the position of Secretary of
When the capital was removed to Austin, General Bee took up his
residence in that village, and engaged in the study of law under
Judge Webb, a distinguished lawyer of the early days. The Coman-
che war soon breaking out, he joined the 'army, which engaged in
several conflicts with the Indians, including the battle of Plum
Creek, in which the Texans commanded by Gen. Ed Burleson and
Col. Jno. H. Moore were completely successful, routing the In-
dians and recovering a large part of their stolen plunder. Later
on, in 1840, General Bee acted as Secretary of the Commission that
ran the 'boundary line between the Republic of Texas and the
United States, the Texas Commissioner being Gen. Memucan
Hunt. The engineer in charge was Maj'or Graham, of the United
States Corps of Engineers. He was the father of Gen. W. M.
Graham, 'who at present is in command of the Department of the
Gulf, and Lieuts. Jos. E. Johnston and Geo. C. Meade were the
assistant engineers. These officers afterwards occupied prominent
places in the late "War between 'the States." The expedition
started from the .mouth .of the Sabine and followed the line of the
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