The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 151
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Albert Triplett Burnley.
law with Judge Bibb, who was at that time chief justice of
After a few years, however, finding this slow work, he and his
uncle, Robert Triplett, near his own age, bought some coal mines
near Owensboro, Kentucky, which they operated successfully for
some years. In 1827 he married Frances Ann Bibb, daughter of
Judge Bibb, and they lived for some years on a farm near Owens-
boro, where his interests were.
In 1834, Judge Bibb was appointed first chancellor of Louis-
ville and made my father his deputy, when he removed with his
family to Louisville.
I can not remember the exact date of his becoming interested
in the struggling Republic of Texas. I think it was greatly
through his friendship with General Albert Sidney Johnston,
though I recall many names familiar to my childish ears, Colonel
Love, Mr. Peter Grayson, General Houston and others. They
bought many thousands of acres of land there and took the deep-
est interest in the welfare of the country. The archives of the
State will probably show the date of his appointment as commis-
sioner to negotiate a loan for the Republic. It was probably about
1839,1 as he was much pleased in England to be presented to the
young Queen Victoria, just crowned, though he rather criticised
her, allowing the Duke of Wellington to stand during the whole
performance in her box at the theater. He thought it would have
been more graceful to have invited a person of his age and dis-
tinction to be seated. Though this mission was unsuccessful, as
was a second one a year later, he flattered himself that he had by
his descriptions and representations at least brought Texas to the
notice of the great world. He had letters to the prominent peo-
ple in England, France and Spain, which he presented and was
the recipient of much attention. He also in Paris had his for-
tune told by Madame Le Normand, who had foretold the Empress
'On April 24, 1837, President Houston issued his commission consti-
tuting Albert T. Burnley commissioner to negotiate a loan not exceeding
five million dollars on the bonds of the government. Mr. Burnley en-
deavored to place the loan in the United States, but was not successful.
He deemed it inadvisable to proceed to Europe while the proposition for
annexing Texas to the United States was pending. However, on October
12, 1838, this proposition was withdrawn by Texas. On February 12,
1839, President Lamar recommissioned Mr. Burnley, and it was perhaps
within the next few months that he proceeded to London.-E. w. w.
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