The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 47
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Life and Service of John Birdsall
Family letters reveal the impressions of the Birdsalls, newcomers
into this land of promise; buoyant hopes battled with bitter dis-
appointment, when, after long delays, they faced the desolation
which the war had wrought at the home of their only relative in
Texas. The town of Harrisburg, having been completely destroyed
by the Mexicans, had not been rebuilt, while the new town of
Houston, recently placed on the map, was to become at once the
center of government, a town of daring enterprise and the only
place for business. John Birdsall opened a law office here, and
soon made the acquaintance of and formed a co-partnership with
J. T. Gazley, which continued until he entered the public service.
The feeling conceived by Birdsall for Houston at their first
meeting promoted a mutual attraction, which grew into friend-
ship, strengthened with time, and knew no break or interruption.
Houston perceived Birdsall's ability as a legal adviser, and Birdsall
recognized his superior qualifications for leadership in the Repub-
lic, so hardly won from Mexico, and almost in the hour of victory
distracted by dissensions and torn by jealousies. A letter from
Birdsall to Houston, written in June, 1839, about a month before
his death, and kept among Houston's papers, was presented to me
by his son, Andrew Houston, and is made a part of this memoir.
It shows that the intimacy of their friendship but served to
increase that confidence and admiration conceived by the writer
when they met at Columbia, and at the same time illustrates his
own innate refinement and delicacy in the expression of these
Houston, 10th June 1839.
My Dear Genl.
A few days since I wrote you at Nashville, and enclosed the
copies you desired from the War Office to the care of Col Wm
Chrystie, N. 0.
Since then we have intelligence from Vera Cruz by the Brig
Empresario which left the 2d instant and arrived at Galveston
on the 6th that a levy and draft is making by the Gov'mt to fill
up the army to 20,000 men for the reduction of Texas.
Col. Bee was rejected in his official capacity with marked con-
tempt, and had sailed for Cuba, being unable to get a passage
direct to New Orleans.
We have been so much used to rumours of war of late that our
people have grown incredulous, and I fear, over confident.
The Govmt of Mexico now has Santa Anna, Bustamente and
the clergy all acting in concert and auxiliary to its energies.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923, periodical, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/m1/53/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.