The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 186
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
By the time fixed for the assembling of the second congress, one
might reasonably have expected to find removed many of the causes
for complaint that had existed during the adjourned session of the
first congress. As a matter of fact, however, it seems that those
who had undertaken to provide buildings for the accommodation
of congress and the executive departments did little or nothing to
carry out their promise during the intervening months. Take, for
instance, the facts as stated by Secretary of the Treasury Henry
Smith, in his letter of October 1, 1837, addressed to the speaker
of the house of representatives:
When the Government officers were removed to this point, the
proprietors of the Town induced me to believe that I would be fur-
nished with a good office. On my arrival however, I found that
none had been provided and 1 was compelled to occupy a temporary
shed, as entirely unfit for an office, as it was unsafe for the security
of books and papers. This great inconvenience I submitted to
without a murmur, under a promise however, that the evil should
be remedied in a few weeks.-Months have elapsed, and instead of
being furnished with the anticipated office I am now deprived of the
temporary shed. I have called on his Excellency the President who
informed me that I should have a room in the purlieus of the
Capitol, that the upper rooms were finished and that I was entitled
to my privilege in choice. On examination however I found the
rooms all occupied and was informed that the President had no
control over them as they were intended for the use of the two
houses of Congress, and that the rooms composing the wings of the
Capitol were intended for the heads of Department. These rooms
seem to be yet unfinished and in all probability cannot be occupied
for some time to come. Information on various subjects will be ex-
pected from this Department by your hon[ora]ble body, which I am
anxious to lay before you at as early a period as circumstances will
possibly permit, which however cannot be done until I am pro-
vided with a suitable office. I therefore ask the favor of your
hon[ora]ble body to co-operate with the other house and, if con-
sistent, to assign to my Department some suitable room to occupy
where the business of the office can be properly conducted, and the
books and papers securely kept.'
Letter filed with Papers of 2 Tex. Cong., i Sess., MS., State Depart-
The petition of the Secretary of the Treasury was granted by inviting
him "to take possession of one of the three rooms, in the second story of
the Capitol (occupied for committee rooms), and appropriate the same to
the use of the Treasury Department." (House Journal, 2 Tex. Cong., 1
and 2 Sess., 32.)
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