The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 433
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Benjamin Theron and French Designs in Texas 433
I have the honor, Sir, and with very most respect,
To be your obedt. Servt.
French & Spanish Consul'
Apparently Houston did not consider the letter worthy of an
acknowledgment, for there is no record of a reply.2 Lubbock, on
the other hand, thought the letter was the beginning of a plot to
detach Texas from the Confederacy. On September 9, 1862, Lub-
bock's secretary, James Paul, penned the governor's decisive
In answer to your first interrogatory, permit me to say, That the
annexation of Texas to the United States was a "good political
As to your second question, I answer most emphatically, That "the
act of disunion, and of the junction lof the State of Texas to the
Southern States was a good and proper political step."
In reply to your third inquiry, I have to say, "The re-establishment
of the old Republic of Texas will not be beneficial to our beloved
Texas has linked her fate with those of her sisters of the South.
She will be true, steadfast, and victorious.0
'Benjamin Th&ron to General Sam Houston, August [16?] 1862; Theron on
Governor Francis R. Lubbock, August [16?] 1862. The exact date on which Theron
wrote these letters is uncertain. Apparently the originals are not extant, and three
different dates appear on the existing copies. The date August 16, 1862, appears
on the copy of the letter that Major General John B. Magruder received from
Benjamin Th6ron and forwarded to Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Ben-
jamin, in Confederate States of America, Pickett Papers (Library of Congress,
Washington, D. C.), Box lo8B, 1863. Hereafter cited as Pickett Papers. The same
date is on the copy in the Emile Simmler Papers (copies of MSS. in possession of
Andrew Forest Muir, Houston, Texas). Hereafter cited as Simmler Papers. But the
copies of the letter that Lubbock sent to President Jefferson Davis (Pickett Papers),
Box lo8A, 1861-1862, and that Benjamin sent to Ambassador John Slidell, ibid.,
Vol. 80, 34-40o, bear the date August 18, 1862. Lubbock's reply to Theron acknowl-
edged receipt of a letter written on August 19, 1862. See copies in Executive Record
Book (Archives, Texas State Library), No. 81 (1861-1863), 342, and in Governors'
Letters (Archives, Texas State Library) . In his memoirs Lubbock again stated that
the letter was dated August 19g. Francis Richard Lubbock (C. W. Raines, ed.),
Six Decades in Texas; or Memoirs of Francis Richard Lubbock, Governor of Texas
in War Time, 1861-63; a Personal Experience in Business, War, and Politics (Austin,
2See correspondent of Sam Houston, 1862-1863 Archives, Texas State Library;
Archives, University of Texas Library). See also Amelia W. Williams and Eugene
C. Barker (eds.), The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863 ( 8 vols.; Austin, 1938-
3Lubbock to Th6ron, September 9, 1862, Executive Record Book (Archives, Texas
State Library), No. 81, 341; Lubbock, Six Decades in Texas, 512.
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