The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 50
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50 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Their partnership agreement is a model of brevity:
Republic of Texas
County of Harrisburg
'Be it known that Sam Houston and John Birdsall have formed
a copartnership in the profession and practice of Law in the Re-
public of Texas.
The copartnership to be equal, and to continue during the
pleasure of the parties.
In witness whereof we have hereto set our hands and seals this
8th day of Jany 1839.
The close friendship between the partners, promised a long and
happy continuance of their new relationship. As the summer
advanced, Houston relieved from the duties of public office, and
confident that his business interests would be safeguarded, and
the trend of public affairs in Texas and Mexico carefully noted
by his partner and friend, visited his old home in Tennessee, with
the intention of continuing his journey farther to the eastern part
of the United States.
Birdsall, pleased with the climate of Texas, and interested in
the development of the country, looked forward confidently to the
near future, when the chief gulf ports would be resorted to by
ships of all nations. In this frame of mind he spent a few days
with relatives living at and near Harrisburg, who shared his opti-
mistic views. He was congratulated by them on his improved
health, which he declared to be the best he had experienced for
years, and returned home in fine spirits. Only a few days after-
ward he fell a victim to yellow fever, at that period the scourge of
the gulf coast. The disease <was not at first recognized by the
physicians, nor its malignancy fully realized until it had become
epidemic, and Birdsall was one of the first cases. He had every
attention that friendly, devoted care could render, but all to no
purpose. The record of his death and funeral in the leading news-
paper of Houston is for the most part accurate, and its touching
details prove that a true friend penned the lines. There is little
lacking to complete the tale of mortality.
He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, active
in organizing this church at Houston. A marble tablet near the
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