The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 122
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
An Episcopal deacon-schoolmaster, Chester Newell, neglected
his teaching and preaching at Velasco in 1837 to gather the ma-
terial for one of the first Texas histories. His History of the Revo-
lution in Texas, Particularly of the War of 1835 & '36; Together
with the Latest Geographical, Topographical and Statistical Ac-
counts of the Country, From the Most Authentic Sources, pub-
lished in New York in 1838, made more of a hit throughout the
United States than the Reverend Newell did in Texas. There were
complaints about his neglect of his clerical duties and, when he
asked to be sent back to Texas in 1839, the church turned him
down. The Reverend George Louis Crocket, long-time rector at
San Augustine, produced one of the finest regional histories of
Texas literature in his Two Centuries in East Texas, first published
in 1932 and republished in 1962.
It was not until 1935 that A History of the Protestant Episcopal
Church in Texas by the Reverend Du Bose Murphy, was pub-
lished in Dallas. The Reverend Brown, long-time member of the
faculty of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, has balanced
the scales with a scholarly and readable history of the critical
early years of the Episcopal Church in 'Texas. He writes of the
church, from its beginnings in the early days of the republic until
its growth to statewide stature, necessitating division of the orig-
inal diocese, at the end of Reconstruction.
This work is of much broader interest than a purely denomi-
national account. Through it run the threads of historic events
naturally interwoven with the threads of church records. Many
figures well known to historians appear in a new light, as clergy
or laymen of the Episcopal church.
There is the clergyman-colonist, Richard S. Salmon, for exam-
ple, who read the Episcopal funeral service for Stephen F. Austin,
when the father of Texas was laid to rest late in 1836. The Right
Reverend Leonidas Polk, first missionary bishop to pay an official
visit to Texas, is better known as General Leonidas Polk, the
"fighting bishop" of the Confederacy. William Fairfax Gray, re-
membered for his wonderful journal of events preceding the 'Texas
Revolution, appears as the leading Episcopal layman in the estab-
lishment of this faith in Houston.
The Reverend R. M. Chapman from New England was con-
ducting Episcopal services in the capitol at Houston in early 1839,
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965, periodical, 1965; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/m1/146/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.