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At Nacogdoches, a Dr Hart64 stepped into the office [of] a Judge
with whom he felt agriev[d] in some way, & laying a brace of pistols on
the table invited the man of Law to take one & settle the dispute be-
tween them by this ancient & honorable trial by battle; this was cer-
tainly exalting the military above the Civil authority; and the hon-
orable man of the green bag S& wool sack,65 having once taken up arms
in Nacogdoches against this very principle,6G could not consistently
with his past conduct & present profession, do otherwise than decline
the honor which the chivalrous Knight of the Pestle politely intended.
The result of the matter was, that the Dr had judgement pronounced
against his pistols, fined 5o dollars for the indignity offered to our
officer of Govt & 50 dollars to the Judge himself for the fright &c for
some other cause unknown....
[Lamar's journal will be continued in the January 1981
ton Bay & Texas Land Company, organized in October, 1830, in New York, by eastern
capitalists. As "agent" for the three empresarios, the company planned to promote settle-
ment to fulfil the empresario contracts It actually owned no land but sold scrip, which
was merely a permit to settle. The company's first boatload of immigrants, which left
New York in December, 183o, was not allowed to settle on company land by Mexican of-
ficials, because the Law of April 6, 183o, prohibited further immigration from the United
States into Texas. The scrip, which the company continued to sell in New York, was
actually worthless in Texas, particularly after the provisional government of Texas ceased
to issue land titles in November, 1835. After unsuccessful suits against the Republic
for the premium lands it never received, the Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company went
out of existence in 1848. A FVsit to Texas; Being the Joutnal of a Traveller Thiough
Those Parts Most Intetesttng to American Settles (New Yolk, 1836), 42-43; Webb, Car-
roll, and Branda (eds.), Handbook of Texas, I, 663-664 For a recent examination of the
Galveston Bay Company, its composition and purposes, and its ultimate demise, see C.
Alan Hutchinson, "General Jos6 Antonio Mexia and His Texas Interests," Southwestern
Historical Quarterly, LXXXII (Oct , 1978), 127-I36, 138-140
The last three paragraphs of Natives of Texas and the [Notes on General James Long]
originally appeared here in the text, as did the account of Lamar's episode with the
04This was no doubt Dr. Alexander Hart, identified by Blake through the record of a
lawsuit brought by Hart in 1837 against a patient who was delinquent in his accounts.
Blake, "Research Collection," LVI, 281.
65"Green bag" was a slang term for lawyer, in use from the late seventeenth until the
early nineteenth century. It derived from the traditional color of a lawyer's brief bag. A
"woolsack" is a "seat made of a bag of wool for the use of judges when summoned to
attend the House of Lords " Eric Partridge, A Dictiona y of Slang and Unconventional
English (6th ed.; New York, 1967), 352; A New English Dictionary, s.v. "woolsack."
GLamar is referring to the principle of "exalting the military above the Civil authority "
The Rice Hotel, Houston, c. 1920s.
Texas State Historical Association Collection.
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