The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 189
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Military and Diplomatic Services of Le Grand
No further trace of Le Grand's movements has been found
until February, 1839. It is quite likely, however, that he was
present when the Third Congress resumed its discussions of his
petition in December, 1838. In the Telegraph and Texas Register
of February 6, 1839, appeared a lengthy article on the Cross
Timbers. In his introduction to the report the editor stated:
"We are chiefly indebted to Dr. Irion, late Secretary of State,
Col. Le Grand and Col. Coffee, who have resided for a number
of years in the vicinity of the Cross Timbers, have visited nearly
every portion of the adjoining country, and examined it through-
out its whole extent."65 It is of course possible that Le Grand's
information on the Cross Timbers had been supplied at an earlier
date. At any rate he seems to have been absent from Houston a
few weeks later when the draft in payment for his claim was
issued. At the end of March he probably was no longer in the
city.68 Whether he actually was present in person to submit his
draft for payment by the treasurer on May 2, 1839, is open to
speculation. His further wanderings are not disclosed.
The influence of Le Grand's military and diplomatic services
on Texas history was exceedingly small. What it might have been
in preventing Comanche raids had his powers been broader can-
not be estimated. The focal point in Le Grand's seventeen
months' service and subsequent attempts to secure payment there-
for was the evident personal conflict between him and Houston.
No good and sufficient reason (notwithstanding the President's
two different statements on the subject) has yet been advanced
to show why Houston almost alone should have run counter to
the opinion among the Republic's leaders. In the end the ma-
jorities in the House and the Senate, together with President
Lamar, believed Le Grand had earned the remuneration he
sought. As silently as he had stolen from the wings of the Texas
theater in the summer of 1836, he once again disappeared from
public view in 1839.67 The reasons attracting him from civiliza-
tion to the primitive life on the plains remain still a mystery.
65lbid., February 6, 1839, p. 3, c, 1-2.
66His name appears in the advertisement listing mail unclaimed at the Houston
post office on March 31, 1839. See ibid., April 17, 1839, p. 3, c. 5-
6rWaldo mistakenly believed that Le Grand perished in the Texas Revolution.
That frontier adventurer, who died on November 2, 1881, stated in his memoirs
that Le Grand had then "been dead nearly forty-five years." See Waldo, "Recol-
lections of a Septuagenarian," Glimpses of the Past, V, 9o.
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