The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 182
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Street. Charles S. Taylor and Thomas J. Rusk had represented
the municipality of Nacogdoches at the Convention of 1836 and had
both signed the Declaration of Independence. That old house on
North Street had an interesting look. It had a big attic with
dormer windows. What treasures might not be found there if
one could but get into that attic!
Well, I have never been in that attic. Miss Laura Taylor said
it was too dirty for me to go up there. As if I would have seen
or noticed the dust! But she brought down boxes and boxes of
papers, that had belonged to her father and grandfather and
allowed me to take them home to examine and use at my leisure.
These papers did yield a little material about Rusk. There
was one letter from General Rusk to Charles S. Taylor written
in Nacogdoches, January 4th, 1836, calling on Taylor to furnish
him with one thousand dollars of the "publick" funds to enable
him to muster men into the service. Rusk was then acting in
his capacity as agent or contractor for supplying volunteers,
ammunition, and provisions for the army in the district east of
Nacogdoches, 4th Jany 1836
I am by force of circumstances, over which I have no control
thrown into a responsible position. You are apprized that I have
been appointed by the General Council to proceed east of the
Trinity to forward on recruits to the theatre of war. In the
same resolutions which appointed me, I am fully authorized to
make any contract for the purpose of supporting those troops
and if necessary press articles into service recipting for them
by a resolution of that council, since the fall of San Antonio. I
am requested to enroll volunteers and regulars for the service.
I have unfortunately seen a disposition throughout the country
to procrastinate the time of mustering a respectable force in the
field until spring. We are at war with an enemy whose success
heretofore has been entirely owing to the celerity of his move-
ments. Many persons are now in our town and many more will
arrive in a few days from the U.S. I have no means of mus-
tering them into service for the want of provisions. I am not
willing that the country should suffer by any neglect of mine,
and you as well as all others must at once perceive the conse-
quences to our cause by the return to the U.S. of men who have
volunteered themselves in our cause. I have therefore, although
SH. P. N. Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, 644-7; H. Yoakum, History of
Teas, II, 42 and 450; Texas Almanac, 1858, p. 106.
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