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so you will be conferring a favor and happiness on those who
will never forget your kindness.
And may the blessings of a widow & her fatherless children ever
rest on your head.
With great respect
This letter is marked in Jackson's hand: "Texian prisoner. To
be attended to. A.J."
Still another non-Mier prisoner who was released in order to
honor Thompson's request was Duncan Campbell Ogden, a cap-
tain under Jack Hays at the time of the Vasquez invasion and one
of the commissioners sent to secure terms of surrender from
Woll. Ogden kept a diary of his experiences, but it was destroyed
in the burning of the Texas capitol, before its contents had been
reproduced. Correspondence concerning Ogden had gravitated
Waddington 2 st September, 1843
Honble. Silas Wright, Esq.
My Dear Sir.
I have to acknowledge with many thanks your favour of the
17th last wherein you testify ready acquiescence in lending your
influence to obtain the intervention of General Jackson for the
purpose of effecting the release from the prisons of Mexico of
my son Duncan C. Ogden who has been for a whole year immersed
therein as a prisoner of war.
Your sympathy will naturally suggest all the anxiety of a widowed
mother for a beloved son as I trust will find this excuse for pre-
suming on your good offices, which she flatters herself may be
successfully used for his liberation.
The circumstances relating to the residence of my son in 'Texas
& of his capture as a prisoner of war there I will briefly narrate.
He went to that country some time after the prominent battles
there, entered the army and he was promoted to a Captain's com-
mission. Two years ago he left that service and commenced busi-
ness as a merchant 8e also established himself on some land near
St. Antonio de Bexar. At the time of his capture he was in that
city as I have understood, attending court for the recovery of a
debt of some importance from a person to whom he had sold goods
& from whom he had taken property in that place as a collateral
"Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-z845
(Austin, 1941), 146.
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