The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 71
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I understand there are a great many people coming into the Country
In haste I remain your &
J. S. MENEFEE
P.S. There, has been no paper published here for two weeks for want
of paper however I presume it will come out again next week and
there will be another published here before long- J. S. M.
[The above letter was addressed to "Mr. John Clark LaVaca near
SYLVESTER TO MENEFEE
Austin, Nov 22 1841.
After a protracted journey of Seven days, I have at last arrived at
the City of the Hills; and a dull, dreary looking place it is, to make
the most of it. Congress has done but little yet, but as there is some
important bills now before the House, I may say they are in a fair
way of doing something for the Country- The celebrated and much
talked of Retrenchment bill is now before the House, and I think it
will pass altho' it meets with strong opposition from the minority- The
bill provides for the reduction of the salaries of all officers, from the
President down to the Clerks- to be paid in par funds whenever it is
to be had- The Presidents Salary is to be $4000. par funds- and they
seem to be anxious to pass the bill before Old Sam comes into office,
which I think will be done.
The committee are investigating the affairs of the different bureaus
of the Govt and doubts are entertained, whether they will be able to
get through before Congress adjourns- A Bill or Resolution is now
before the H.R. censuring the President for sending troops to Santa
Fe; but Judge Usher says it will be voted down. But little excitement
prevails here relative to the removal of the Seat of the Government,
although the Western Members generally concur in the opinion, that
a strong effort will be made to remove it, so soon as Houston comes
into office. The very Patriotic and gallant aid, Judge Burnet is one of its
warmest advocates- that of its removal- and the distinguished- and
almost extinguished Secretary of War, is another- and I am told by
men of truth, that they urge as a strong ground- the fact of its being
on the frontier, unprotected by the Government, and no letters above
to give alarm, in case of danger.
There is no prospect for business, and I cannot say at present, how
long I shall remain here- but likely until after the inauguration; but
if any situation should present itself the salary of which would meet
present expenses, I shall likely remain during the Session- as that is
a desideratum- Capt Owen is in fine health- and getting on well;
Here’s what’s next.
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