The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 158
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grandson of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University at
Ithaca. The last survivor of the Brooks family makes her home
with this adopted child.
The papers and letters printed with this sketch are original
documents of historical value. They serve to illustrate an impor-
tant chapter in the history of Texas, and to show to her sons and
daughters for all time, the patriotism and heroism of the men who
died that she might be free. The documents are the following:
(1) An official copy of the descriptive list of John Sowers
Brooks upon his enlistment in the United States Corps of Marines,
and showing, also, his promotion in that service.
(2) Letter to his brother dated August 12, 1835, and one to
his father dated November 4, 1835, announcing his purpose to en-
list in the "Rebel Army" of Texas.
(3) Letters to James Hagarty, dated July 10, 1835, August
13, 1835, and August 19, 1835, of the same purport.
(4) Letters of Captain Brooks to his family from the time of
his arrival at Velasco, Texas, about the 23d of December, 1835, to
the time he was disabled by a severe wound in the battle of Coleto,
March 14, 1836.
(5) Letter of William Christy, dated June 4, 1836, confirm-
ing the news of the death of Captain Brooks.
(6) Letter of Gen. Sam Houston, dated June 26, 1836, to the
(7) Letter of Capt. Jack Shackleford, of the "Red Rovers,"
dated August 5, 1836, to the same effect.
(8) Two letters of Dr. Joseph L. Field, dated September 2,
1836, and October 7, 1836, respectively, also giving further par-
(9) Letter of John D. McLeod, dated January 30, 1837, giving
further particulars in regard to his fate.
(10) Extracts from the "Staunton Spectator," upon which
paper Captain Brooks was a compositor and to whose columns he
frequently contributed. 'These show the great doubt and uncer-
tainty that existed for some time, among his friends, as to the
tragic termination of his life. It is said that his mother, as long
as she lived, never did give up the hope that he would some day
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