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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Much writing was done in Houston, but most of it was of a
legal and political nature, and little of that had more than passing
importance. About the only belletristic writing was of indifferent
and derivative poetry by men like Mirabeau B. Lamar' and Henry
Thompson, a lawyer who was killed at the Council House Fight
in San Antonio.1o The most creative writing was that done by
newspaper editors. Chief among these was Francis Moore, Jr.,
M.D., the one-armed editor of the Telegraph and Texas Register
and second mayor of Houston," whom one of Lamar's friends
identified as "the one armed Proteus"2 and whom Sam Houston
described as capable of writing more lies with one hand than most
men could with two.1" Like many another journalist, Moore had
an elevated opinion of his craft. In a formal statement of policy,
Public journals are now considered as the organs of PUBLIC OPINION:
and public opinion is the great lever that moves the world. To
editors, therefore, more than to any other class of society, is en-
oSee Telegraph and Texas Register, February 17, 1838; Philip Graham (ed.),
Early Texas Verse, 1835-1850 (Austin, 1936), 3, 5; and Philip Graham, The Life and
Poems of Mirabeau B. Lamar (Chapel Hill, 1938), 2oo-o205.
'oSee "Stanzas suggested on hearing the church bell on a Sabbath morning at
-..--.., while the writer was reading a popular romance of the day," Morning
Star, April o0, 1839, and Telegraph and Texas Register, April 17, 1839; "To my Pen,"
ibid., November 24, 1838; "The Daisy Girl-a Ballad," ibid., November 28, 1838;
"To Winter," ibid., December 1, 1838; "Single Star," ibid., December 29, 1838;
"Lines Written in an Album, and the M. S. [sic] Pilfered for Publication," ibid.,
January 16, 1839: and lines spoken at the opening of Henri Corri's Theatre, Feb-
luary 25, 1839, ibid., February 27, 1839, and National Intelligencer (Houston),
March 1, 1839. The present writer, in error, assigned some of these poems to
Algernon P. Thompson in "Algernon P. Thompson," Southwestern Historical Quar-
terly, LI, 149-152. Algernon P. Thompson was not admitted to the bar until May
30, 1840, two months and eleven days after Henry Thompson had been killed, and
probably he was not known as Judge Thompson until after his election as chief
justice of Harris County on June 11, 1842.-Ibid., 146; Minutes of the ilth District
Court (MSS., District Clerk's Office, Houston), B, 314. For materials on Henry
Thompson, see ibid., B, 93; Morning Star, April jo, 1839; December 4, 1839; Janu-
ary 1o, 1840; January 28, 1840; June 3, 1840; Telegraph and Texas Register, April
29, 1840; Thomas W. Streeter, Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845 (3 vols.; Cambridge,
1955), II, 271, 306-307, 327. See also memorial resolution, March 21, 1840, in Civil
Minutes of the Bexar County District Court (MSS., District Clerk's Office, San
Antonio), A, 168-169.
11S. W. Geiser, "Note on Dr. Francis Moore (1803-1864)," Southwestern Historical
Quarterly, XLVII, 419-425.
12Wm. D. Redd to Lamar, Columbus, Georgia, August 1o, 1839, in Charles A.
Gulick, Jr., and others (eds.), The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (6 vols.;
Austin, 1921-1927), V, 30.
IsSpeech, May 16, 1845, in Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker (eds.),
The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863 (8 vols.; Austin, 1938-1943), VI, 11. For the
dating of the address, see Telegraph and Texas Register, May 21, 1845; May 28, 1845-
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