The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 476
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sudden departure of Jos6 Jes6s Vidaurri, commissioner to extend
titles, in the autumn of 1834.
Young Jose Maria Carbajal accompanied Littleberry Hawkins
to Kentucky on his return from Texas in May, 1823. Hawkins in
his letter of October 27, 1824, to Stephen F. Austin interpolated
into an account of his own reverses and his brother's death that
"Hosa Mureah is well and going to school learning fast."2
On July 2, 1826, Joseph Ficklin, postmaster at Lexington,
Kentucky, wrote to Stephen F. Austin, transmitting a letter in
schoolboy English from young Jose Maria to his mother, in which
he told her that
After I arrived here with Mr. Hawkins [about June 1, 1823] he put
me to learning the tanning trade with Mr. Blanchard his brother-in-
law where I staid better than 2 years but I found that him and I
could not agree so I left him and came to Lexington and have been
living with Mr. Peter Hedenbergh learning the sadling trade which
I like verry well, but I want to see and hear from you verry much
and I want you to write to me and ... send my age exactly and I
want you and my sisters to send me as many books as you can (Span-
ish) as I have nearly lost my language in my own toungue since I
came here. . Remember me to all my brothers and sisters and all
Postmaster Ficklin adds, in his covering note:
A lad of this town has a mother in St. Antonio, and a brother in Law
by the name of Louisano N abaro, a silver smith of the same town. ...
The affectionate and praiseworthy conduct of this lad has endeared
him to his acquaintances and I have taken upon myself to open a
way for this lad and his friends to communicate freely by mail.3
Young Carbajal next appears in the Austin Papers in his own
letter to Stephen F. Austin, dated Bethany, Virginia, March 8,
1830, requesting Austin's help in the selling of Spanish bibles in
'Texas and asking for a copy of Austin's map.4 Austin, in a letter
dated January 3go, 1832, introducing young Carbajal to Mary
Austin Holley, explains:
He is a native Mexican, was born in Bexar where his Mother and
2Eugene C. Barker (ed.), The Austin Papers (Vols. I and II, Annual Report of
the American Historical Association for the Years 1919 and 1922, Washington, 1924,
1928), I, 92g.
41bid., II, 338, 1112.
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