The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 521
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and tanner, and Sarah Strong Jones, a descendant of the Crom-
wells of England. Because his older sisters insisted upon it rather
than because he wanted to, he became a physician. In New
England he was unsuccessful in the practice of both medicine and
business; then he tried medical practice and school teaching in
Philadelphia with little better financial returns until 1824, when
he went to Venezuela for two years.
Returning with enough money to pay his debts and complete
his education at the new Jefferson Medical College, he re-entered
practice and became an active and prominent Mason and Odd
Fellow. Discouraged over his professional and financial prospects,
he moved to New Orleans in 1832 to become a commission mer-
chant. In a single year there he lived through cholera and yellow
fever epidemics, saw his business fail, and became convinced that
success would never be his.
Despondent and discouraged, he accepted an invitation from
Jeremiah Brown, later of the Texas Navy, to come to Texas and
"take a look at the country." He came without enthusiasm and
was unimpressed with what he saw and heard in Texas until John
A. Wharton and other Brazorians urged him to remain and "give
the place a fair trial." The trial was immediately successful: Texas
gained a needed physician and Dr. Jones, for the first time in his
life, enjoyed a large and lucrative practice.
Anson Jones was thirty-five years old when he discovered Texas
and found himself. At last he felt that he was an integral part of
a community. He earned professional and economic status and
security. He resolved to let nothing divert him from medicine
and the acquisition of lands that would make him a wealthy man.
Lands he did acquire, but it was not easy for even a country
doctor to avoid the bitter political arguments about the future
of Texas that were agitating his patients and friends. For two
years he observed silently the increasing tension between the
Texans and Mexico; he attended the sick and employed his
surplus energy in helping organize the first Masonic lodge in
Texas in 1835 and serving as its first Master.
By 1835 no Texan could avoid politics. Dr. Jones, convinced
that there could be no peace with Mexico, signed a call for the
Consultation of 1835, which created the provisional government
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