The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 276
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276 Southwester Historical Quarterly
trict Court at Austin, Texas; and Miss Harriet Smither, archivist
of the Texas State Library.
Mr. J. Evetts Haley, Collector of Documents, of The University
of Texas, rendered valuable assistance in suggesting the location
of manuscripts; and Miss Opal Humphries, Librarian of the North
Texas Agricultural College, assisted me in securing both primary
and secondary materials.
I should like to express my very grateful appreciation to Dr.
R. L. Biesele for the direction and assurance he has given and
the careful criticism he has made of this thesis.
The kindly interest and cooperation of my colleagues stimulated
the interest and enthusiasm with which I have carried on this
N. ETHIE EAGLETON.
CHARLES FENTON MERCER
Charles Fenton Mercer was sixty-six years old when Sam Hous-
ton, President of the Republic of Texas, contracted with him,
January 29, 1844, to establish a colony' in the "Indian Lands of
Texas." Mercer was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 16,
1778, the youngest son of James and Eleanor Mercer.2 His
eminent forbears had rendered distinguished service in both the
military defense and the legislative development of the colonies.
His mother was the daughter of Major Charles Dick and the
1Contract of Colonization of Charles Fenton Mercer with the President
of Texas, January 29, 1844. Colonization Papers, Texas State Library.
'W. Garnett Chisholm-"Notes on Charles Fenton Mercer," New York.
MS. January 21, 1934. W. Garnett Chisholm, according to the secretary
of the Virginia Historical Society, is the person best posted on the life
of Charles Fenton Mercer-Ro. McLean \Vhittet, Richmond, Virginia,
August 5, 1933, to N. Ethie Eagleton. (Ro. McLean Whittet of the firm
Whittet and Shepperson, publishers of Garnett, Biographical Sketch of
Charles Fenton Mercer, 191] ). Upon the request of the author of this thesis,
Dr. Clyde Eagleton, New York University, New York, personally interviewed
Mr. Chisholm relative to Mercer's youth, his connection with the abolition
movement, and his European contacts. Mr. Chisholm very kindly pre-
pared some notes for use in this thesis, based on a manuscript sketch
Mercer had written of his own life and some of his letters which are in
Mr. Chisholm's possession. Subsequent references to this paper will be
given as Chisholm, "Notes on Charles Fenton Mercer."
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