The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 75
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The Old journal of Littleton Fowler.
hood. 'He served Lam'ar County as Representative in the lower
house of the Texas Congress in 1840-41. When the shadow of the
Civil War fell on Texas, the two surviving Fowler brothers, Col.
John H., and Judge "Jack" Fowler, were staunch Union men and
Henry Clay Whigs; and although the younger one, my father, went
to the front as lieutenant colonel of Bass's Texas Regiment of cav-
alry, he never again adjusted himself to the dominating political
conditions of his adopted State.
With this introduction of Littleton Fowler and his brothers, in
their early connection with Texas history, I quote the following
from the Memoir of Littleton Fowler, written by Hon. Frank B.
Sexton, of San Augustine, now an aged and honored lawyer of El
Paso, Texas-and published in the Southern Quarterly Review,
1861, with the accompanying explanation by the editor: "The
name of Rev. Littleton Fowler was inserted in the programme of
the 'Biographical Sketches of Eminent Itinerant Ministers, dis-
tinguished for the most part as pioneers of Methodism within the
bounds of the M. E. Church, South,' but the sketch of that excel-
lent man did not reach us in time for insertion in that volume.
* * * Having been for several years associated with him in the
Texas Conference, our acquaintance beginning with the organiza-
tion of that body in 1840, it affords us great personal gratification
to insert this interesting monograph in the Quarterly, though it is
not a Review article."
Mr. Sexton says: '<My first recollections of the Rev. Littleton
Fowler are these ,of my early boyhood. He was my father's intimate
and valued friend. * * * I distinctly remember, when he was
one of our family group, that I was often impressed with his great
capacity for entertaining and interesting the social circle. He
was easy and versatile, oftimes humorous, and generally instructive,
and 'always received attention without compelling it. When Mr.
Fowler came to 'Texas, 1837, the Republic was then a comparative
wilderness. Many of his ministerial appointments were separated
by a distance of several days' journey, which often had to be trav-
eled alone and without reference to weather or accommodations
of comfort. He had -often to sleep on the ground, with no com-
panion but his horse. Frequently it was necessary for him to leave
the ordinary roads, or 'Indian trails,' to avoid meeting treacherous
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