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ruary 3, 1845, but when Nashville ceased to be the county seat, Ray-
mond and his family moved to Austin. In the second and third legis-
latures he was first elected secretary pro tem and then permanent
secretary of the Senate."
On March 23, 1846, Raymond sent to friends a detailed report of
the events of the first five weeks in the legislature. One of the letters
went to his old comrade, John E. King of the newly created Burleson
County. King, originally from North Carolina, came by way of North
Alabama to Texas in 1837. He returned to Alabama in 1840 to bring
his brothers to Texas and later farmed near Caldwell. In later years
King became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, a judge
for Williamson County, and a captain in a military company formed
to fight Indians and Mexicans.' That the Kings and the Raymonds
continued in close contact is evidenced in other letters from Raymond
to King. Since the handwriting of this letter differs from that of the
others, it is assumed that for these reports to friends, Raymond used
Austin March 23rd/46
Mr. John E. King:
While writing to some of my friends this morning, it may not be
amiss to send you a few lines that you may thereby know what prog-
ress the 1st legislature of Texas is making in the way of business. Since
the organization, all matters of general interest have been before
the appropriate committees and but few subjects have been reported
on. Most of the time of the session has yet been taken up in the
formation of new counties, and the direction of inquiries into the
various subjects which the Constitution makes it imperative upon
the first legislature to act upon; consequently final action has only
8Mrs. Louis C. Hill and Mrs. John T. Martin, Milam County, Texas Records (2 vols.;
Waco, 1965, 1968), I, 4; George W. Tyler, History of Bell County (San Antonio, 1936), 9;
Texas Congress, Journals of the Senate, Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas (Hous-
ton, 1844), 6-7; Texas Legislature, Journals of the Senate of the State of Texas, Second
Legislature (Houston, 1848), 3, 4; Texas Legislature, Journals of the Senate of the State
of Texas, Third Session (Austin, 1849), 3, 4.
'Mrs. Louis C. Hill and Mrs. John T. Martin, Bell County, Texas Records (Waco, 1969),
11, 58; A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell
Counties (Chicago, 1893), 547-548.
"The letters mentioned are in the possession of Mrs. Geary.
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