The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 12
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Texas Historical Association, Quarterly.
Captain Tod wrote a very appreciative letter of thanks to Daw-
son, which received a suitable reply. Captain Tod said in part:
The last vessel included in the contract entered into by yourself
on one part, and the Republic of Texas of the other part, having
received from me the certificate approving of the same, I feel it
a duty as well as a pleasure to express to you the satisfaction I
have in testifying to the very creditable and liberal manner in
which the contract has been fulfilled on your part.
I will not indulge in any useless expressions of my opinion of
these vessels, they speak for themselves, and many persons of
acknowledged judgment in naval architecture, have pronounced
them equal to any that have ever sailed from this port, in beauty
of model, strength and duribility of materials and finished speci-
mens of workmanship. . . .
John G. Tod,
Naval Agent of 'Texas to the U. S.
On the return of Captain Tod to Galveston, June 3, 1840, he
was invited to partake of a public dinner tendered him by the
citizens of Galveston at the Tremont House. The committee on
invitation were ,M. B. Menard, P. J. Menard, James Love, Levi
Jones, and Thomas F. McKinney. From this he excused himself
on the plea of pressing business, but thanked them for their ap-
preciation of his services, declaring that,
The greatest happiness a public servant has in this life, is the
satisfaction of feeling that he has been faithful and conscientious
in the discharge of such duties as may have been entrusted to him.
If this pleasure can be enhanced, it is by the assurance that his
humble efforts in behalf of his country's interest meet the appro-
bation of his fellow citizens.2
Captain Tod's last letter as naval agent, among other matters,
highly compliments "H. H. Williams, our consul in Baltimore,
to whom was entrusted the purchase of our supplies under my
direction," and acknowledges at the same time his indebtedness
to Commodores Barron and Warrington, of the United States
navy, and to Francis Grice, naval constructor of the Norfolk dock-
'Tod to Dawson, March 19, 1840, in House Journal, 5th Tex. Cong., 1st
Sess., Appendix, 199.
2Tod to Galveston Gentlemen, June 4, 1840, in Tennison's Journal.
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