The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 181

THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY
VoL. XXXIV JANUARY, 1931 No. 3
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contributors to THE QUARTERLY
A BRIEF STUDY OF THOMAS J. RUSK BASED ON HIS
LETTERS TO HIS BROTHER, DAVID, 1835-1856
LOIS FOSTER BLOUNT
I
A Treasure Hunt in Nacogdoches
Legends of buried treasure have never ceased to have a great
fascination for me. Have you ever dug for buried treasure in
your back yard? And when you were a little older and could get
away from your mother's watchful eye, did you search the old
robber's cave and the haunted house on the outskirts of your vil-
lage? Then when you had outgrown such childish pursuits, did
you feel the desire to adventure in search of buried treasure
stored in old trunks in musty, dusty, cobwebby attics, in the
scrapbooks and albums your grandmother saved, in the papers,
documents, and old books your grandfather had?
Two years ago I began a treasure hunt in Nacogdoches. I was
looking for materials for a study of Thomas Jefferson Rusk.
What had become of the Rusk papers? What manner of man was
this Thomas J. Rusk who had lived and died in Nacogdoches? Who
were his friends and who were his enemies? Where were his
children ?
The Rusk home had been torn down years before to build a
nice new barn, and the children and grandchildren of Thomas J.
Rusk had moved from Nacogdoches County a long time ago.
Most of the old homes of the men who had known and loved
Thomas J. Rusk were gone, too. There was the old home of
Lawrence Taylor, son of Charles S. Taylor, standing on North

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