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President David G. Burnet.s In 1842 during the Vasquez cam-
paign Thompson served in Captain John N. O. Smith's company
but went no farther west than Columbus.4
During the first four years of the Republic, Thompson worked
as clerk in the executive and legislative departments, moving
with the government from Columbia to Houston and then to
Austin. Although his service was not continuous, during the
interval of 1836 and 1840, he worked in the War and Navy De-
partments, in the First and Second Auditors' Offices, and in the
Comptroller's Bureau.5 In addition to holding appointive posi-
tions, he was elected assistant secretary of the Senate in the Third
and Fourth Congresses." Among Thompson's duties was keeping
the journal of the secret sessions, a task he executed with great
care.' In December, 1839, he occasionally served as clerk of one
special and two standing committees.8 During Mirabeau B. La-
mar's administration, Thompson asked, without success, for ap-
pointment as first auditor and as secretary of the legations in
France and the United States.9
Thompson was married, in Houston, on March 9, 1839, to
Louise Lagrange (Terhune) Stanley,10 widow of Edward H. Stan-
ley, with whom he had come to Texas."1 Although a Roman
sJ. H. Perry to Burnet, August 19, 1836, in William C. Binkley (ed.), Oficial
Correspondence of the Texan Revolution, '835-1836 (New York, c. 1936), II, 947-948.
4Public Debt Papers, MSS. in Archives, Texas State Library, file A. P. Thompson.
sComptroller's Civil Service Records, MSS. in Archives, Texas State Library, file
A. P. Thompson.
oIbid.; Harriet Smither (ed.), Journals of the Fourth Congress of the Republic
of Texas ... (Austin, n.d.), I, 3. Elizabeth LeNoir Jennett (ed.), Biographical
Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-I845 (Austin, 1941),
7Ernest William Winkler (ed.), Secret Journals of the Senate, Republic of Texas,
1836-1845 (Austin, 1911), 135.
SComptroller's Civil Service Records.
9Thompson to Lamar, August 12, 1839, in C. A. Gulick and others (eds.), The
Papers of Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar (6 vols.; Austin, 1920-1927), V, 3o7; Decem-
ber 12, 1839, in ibid., V, 334; April 13, 1840, in ibid., III, 369.
10Marriage Records of Harris County, MSS. in County Clerk's Office, Houston,
A, 98. Telegraph and Texas Register, March 30, 1839. The marriage was solem-
nized by the Reverend Robert M. Chapman. Dr. Christian Hermann Jaeger, who
described Mrs. Thompson as his sister-in-law, was married to Maria Terhune, on
February 20o, 1840. Marriage Records of Harris County, A, 140. Deed Records of
Harris County, MSS. in County Clerk's Office, Houston, J, 454.
11Smither, Journals of the Fourth Congress, III, 70. Comptroller's Military Service
Records, file E. H. Stanley. Stanley died, apparently on May 22, 1836, through
which date his widow was paid for his services as captain of engineers.
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