The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 46
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46 Texas Historical Association Quarterky.
for locating seat of government, and in surrendering up your obli-
gation, I beg leave to express my great satisfaction at the full lani
satisfactory manner in which you have adjusted and settled up so
,extensive and complicated a matter, a. circumstance rather unusual
with the agents of this government.
"Yours most respectfully,
(Signed) "JOHN G. CHALMERS,
"Secretary of Treasury."
"AUDITOR's OFFICE, October 7, 1841.
"Edwin Waller, Esq.
"Sin :-You are hereby notified that your accounts as government
agent in erection of public buildings a.t the city of Austin have all
been examined, and I find you entitled to receive a credit for moneys
disbursed to the amount -of 'one hundred and fourteen thousand, two
hundred and forty-two dollars and ninety-five cents, and that you
are chargeable in addition to the amount now standing against you,
viz.: $113,550, with the scum of two. thousand, two hundred and fifty
dollars, leaving .a balance in your favor of four thousand, one hun-
dred and nineteen dollars and seventy-three cents.
"Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
(Signed) "H. H. COLLIER,
Now, if the honorable Secreary of the Treasury was correct in his
statement about government agents, which we may well believe from
our experiences of the present day, certainly Judge Waller has rea-
son to be proud of his record as an agent. :The secretary, in styling
the mission "an extensive and complicated matter," did not name all
of the difficulties which ,surrounded Judge Waller in his position.
For, to accomplish his undertaking, he had but two, hundred labor-
ers, a motley crew, drawn from all the nationalities of the world-of
-all colors, classes and characters, and $113,000 in 'Texas scrip; he
was poorly supplied with the articles and appliances necessary to his
work; his employes were wild characters; many -of them, turbulent
and restless under control, and many of them unfitted for the labor.
'There was little if any protection from the weather, to. which all
were more or less 'exposed in all its variations and changes; with a
cuisine which often boasted no more than "beef, and corn bread
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