The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 162
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162 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
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I have the honor to be
Yr very obt servt
Wm Bryan Esq
TIHE FIRST NEWSPAPER IN TExAs.-Texans who have read Yoa-
kum and Brown have always felt a degree of pride in the state-
ment that, as early as 1819, a newspaper was published and printed
at Nacogdoches. These writers have not preserved for us the name
nor the exact date of the appearance nor the characteristics of this
pioneer in Texas journalism. Yet every one voluntarily accords it
a place of honor and doubts not that it was creditable to its pub-
lishers and exceedingly interesting to its readers, and he silently
regrets that apparently not a single copy escaped destruction. Any
authentic information concerning the Texas Republican (for that
was its name) will, therefore, be welcome news; the more, perhaps,
since the latest writer on the subject flatly denies that it ever ex-
The St. Louis Enquirer of Saturday, September 25, 1819, con-
tains the following notice of the first number of the Republican:
"THE TEXAS REPUBLICAN.2
"We received by the last mail a newspaper under the above title,
the first Number dated Nacogdoches, August 14th,3 1819. In the
first year of the Republic of Texas.
1Mr. A. C. Gray (Comprehensive History of Texas, II 368, 369, 378,
423), speaking of General Long's printing press, says, "the day of the
newspaper in Texas had not then come"; again, that "it was at San Felipe
that the first regular newspaper of which there is authentic Information
had its birth."
2Mr. Horatio Bigelow, a member of the Supreme Council of the Provis-
ional Government, was editor of the Republican. See Comprehensive His-
tory of Texas, I 97.
3Supposing that the paper was a weekly and issued regularly, nine or
ten numbers may have appeared. Colonel Perez attacked Johnson at the
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