The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 55
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1862-1863
must under the Constitution be self-sustaining. Passed also a
bill authorizing an assignment of errors in appeals from the de-
cision of the Commissioner of Patents. A bill was passed by 2/3
vote authorizing the Com. of patents to expend $500 for a library.
I voted against this as we are not able to buy books. Wrote to
Eliza today. Feel bad about getting no letter from home.
Wednesday 15th Woke with a headache. Feel badly. In the
House Committee on Claims reported. Nothing of importance
done. Wrote Horace Randolph.250 Worried in not hearing from
home today. Graham got fretted at Wright251 & myself just as
the House adjourned. He wanted to speak but was not in at the
moment. We voted for the adjournment not seeing him. Later
in the day he got all right.-Rained all day--Wrote numerous
letters after dinner.
Thursday 16th Col. Foote of Van Dorn's army this morning
told me that he thought my friend Capt. Broocks (Jas. A.)252 was
killed or wounded in one of Van Dorn's recent cavalry fights. I
shall be unhappy until I hear the truth & shall feel deeply
grieved if it turn out to be true. No letter from home again
today. What can be the matter with the mails?
In the House the bill to pay for Horses lost in the Service was
taken up & finally passed. I offered an amendment to the orig-
inal bill which was adopted, but afterward the bill introduced
by Reid of Ky258 was adopted as a substitute for that. Graham
& I both spoke setting forth Van Dorn's act in dismounting the
Texas Regiments etc. etc. At night nothing was done. I voted
with Chambers to reconsider the vote postponing & placing on
the calendar the bill to pay for cotton subscribed to produce loan
& afterwards burnt by the government.254 Heard indirectly
" Horace Randolph--Unknown.
...Wright--See above, note 203.
Graham-See note 203.
'Jas. A. Broocks. Son of General T. J. Broocks. Afterwards
drowned in the Mississippi River.
"Reid of Ky. Should be Read, Henry E.; 1862-1865.
'"Cotton burned by government. This move was made in order to re-
duce the supply of cotton available to England, and thus to force Eng-
land's hand in coming to terms favorable to the South. Sometimes cot-
ton about to fall into the enemy's hands was burned by orders of Con-
federate military leaders.
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