The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 318
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matters put together. For the better part of his term he was in
bad health, and this contributed to a certain personal unpopu-
larity. This led to a certain detachment from or coldness toward
his friends. "I am informed," wrote Memucan Hunt,
that you are cold and repulsive in manners, &c. I plead the con-
stant occupancy of your mind on important matters of State and
the impossibility of those courtesies which were to be looked for
when your mind is thus engrossed &c, &c. It is however very
little trouble to ask a man when he reached the city, &c, &c, &c,
&c, and I will take the liberty of recommending to you to tax your-
self in this respect.1
He did not engage in the usual tricks of the politician, and for
this he deserves both praise and blame. He is to be praised for
depending on the justice of his policies rather than on political
movements to bring their success; but if he could have added to
that method a little of the political tact applied with success even
today, he would have been more successful, and probably would
have stood higher among historians.
His administration came to a close in December, 1841, and he
retired to his home in Richmond. In the summer of 1842 he
visited Georgia and was received with considerable honor. He
was elected to the Phi Gamma Society of Emory College at Cov-
ington, Georgia, and made addresses at Columbus, Macon, and
other places.2 He returned to Texas in the spring of 1843, and
except for a request that James Webb become a candidate for
president in 1844, he took no part in politics. The documents
included among his papers indicate that he was busy collecting
material for his long-planned history of Texas, an occupation
which engaged him from this time on, though he never put his
material together. In 1844 he became convinced that separate
statehood for Texas was impracticable and he advocated annex-
ation. When annexation was accomplished some of his friends
urged him to become a candidate for the United States Senate,3
but he declined, and Houston and Thomas J. Rusk were elected.
When the Mexican War began Lamar attached himself to the
Texas Mounted Volunteers, and participated in the battle of Mon-
'Hunt to Lamar, June 5, 1839, Lamar Papers, No. 1322.
2Lamar Papers, No. 2146.
aLamar Papers, No. 2192.
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