The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 66
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have returned to my post this year in a sense of duty at risk
and considerable private distress, for my health is not good, and
owing to the severe sickness of my child I have been compelled
to leave my family amongst strangers in a hotel at Philadelphia
But I felt that this was not the moment to suffer myself to
be influenced by personal considerations, and I hope I am not
mistaken in the confidence that Your Lordship will deem it safe
to the public interests to confide the point of my residence in,
or absence from Texas, to my own sense of the necessity. I
may remark that my American Colleague has the authority of
his Government to go to the United States, whenever he con-
siders that he can absent himself, and the French Charge d'
Affaires tells me that he thinks himself at liberty in the present
unsettled state of this Government, only to come here when he
has business or during the meeting of Congress. In fact whether
we are at Galveston or New Orleans is a matter of indifference,
with some advantage in point of easy receipt of intelligence in
favour of the latter place.
Till the affairs of this Country are settled; too, the immigra-
tion of persons of respectability is out of the question, and con-
stituted as Society is at present, I can neither consent to. expose
my family to the total unsuitableness of a residence here, or
afford to keep them part in England, part in the United States,
and myself in Texas.
I am aware that Your Lordship is not called upon to weigh
such considerations, but I permit myself to state them for they
must of course influence my own proceedings
Your Lordship will scarcely need to be informed that if the
half of my salary is to be stopped whilst I am in the United
States, I cannot avail myself of the sanction to reside there, for
I have no private fortune, and my actual allowances barely en-
able me to maintain my family. Indeed I will frankly state
that I have only been prevented from applying for a higher rate
of allowance in a post where the expences are regulated by the
scale of prices at New Orleans (the dearest place in the United
States) and let me add, in a post where the duties, and risks,
and indeed the painfulness of employment are probably equal to
those of any similar station in the Service of the Crown, by a
feeling of extreme repugnance to ask for any thing for myself.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917, periodical, 1917; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101070/m1/72/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.