The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 396
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certain, and that is that the Slave States will present the most united
front to their enemies that was ever yet presented by independent
States. You will speedily see them all Confederated together into
a Solid phalanx, and if they are conquered, the plains of the South
will have to flow with the blood of their assailaints [sic].
But I am underlying too much in this theme that now occupies all
our thoughts. I am truly glad to hear that you can give so good an
account of yourself during the many years of our Separation. As to
myself I have been engaged nearly all the time since I saw you in my
present business, in which I have been quite as successful as I could
have reasonably hoped for. I have now a four story iron front build-
ing, in the 3ad and 4th stories of which my printing business is carried
on, while the two lower stories are rented. I was married [to Louisa
Blanche Murrel of Sumter, South Carolina] in 1849, and have but
one child, a daughter, now in her 8th year. Both she and her mother
enjoy good health. Her mother is a great grand daughter of Gen
Tho. Sumter of S. C. with whom I became acquainted soon after I
left College, and to whom I was engaged when I came to Texas.
I have worked hard and have generally had good health Since I Saw
[you], and have been growing older in spite of all my efforts to reclaim
my youth. However I ought to be thankful for general good health
and the success that has attended my labors. But, there is no mistake.
I have been a hard worker and instead of finding repose as I had
hoped, I Seem to have more work now to do than ever before. The
undertaking of our Almanac has made a great addition to my labors,
for tuscan labors I cannot well admit to others. On my return home
I will send you the 4 nos you have not got those of 1857 '58 '59
and '61 for we have some of all the back nos. By the way I wish you
would contribute a condensed biography of my old friend, Gov.
Smith [Henry Smith, the governor of Texas under the provisional
government from November, 1835, to March, 1836], your father-in-law.
You must be in possession of all the essential materials and his biog-
raphy belongs to our history. Now I have said quite enough of
myself and probably too much on political matters. Give my kind
remembrance to Mrs. Fulton, and write again soon. I write this in
the Senate Chamber while the Convention is in Secret Session.
Yours very Sincerely
February 23, 1861 was the date set for the citizens of Texas to
vote in favor of or against secession from the United States Gov-
ernment. A total of 60,826 votes were cast with the majority
electing to leave the Union. There were 46,129 for as opposed to
14,697 against the drastic move.2
2Ernest William Winkler (ed.), Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas, z86z
(Austin, 1912), 9o.
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