The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 248
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charges were based, I proposed to stop the proceedings against Mr.
McLane so far as I was concerned, in case he would extend the Note
3 Years and reduce the interest to 8 per cent.
I asked Mr. McLane to contribute to the Volunteer Aid Committee,
he said he had nothing then to contribute. If you will pay me that
interest, I will dispose of it, as suits me. I will be my own Guardian.
I then said that I would pay to the Committee for you any amount
you will agree to subscribe, but that I would not pay anything other-
wise, he said he was his own Agent. This conversation occurred since
the Proclamation of Martial Law. Since the publication of the Order
by Genl. Hebert, requiring Creditors to receive debts due, in Confederate
Money, though not demanded. I have not tendered the amt. due from me
to Mr. McLane, since the publication of the above mentioned Order of
Hebert's. Judge Paschal' has not told me that Mr. McLane would
receive Confederate money for the debt. Judge Paschal asked me if
I was willing to adhere to my original proposition to pay the interest
up to the present date in Confederate Money if Mr. McLane would
extend the Note 3 Years and reduce the interest to 08 percent. I
answered that I would provided, he, Paschal would raise the money
due me from him, which I needed to enable me to make the payment.
The understanding when we parted was that Paschal should pay the
interest and that the Note should be extended and the interest reduced.
"signed" Asa Mitchell
Wm. A. Menger," a witness on the part of the prosecution was duly
On the [?] day of June, I went out with Mr. Dobin and Mr. Jef-
ferson to Mr. McLane's place. I offered Mr. McLane $5000.00 and the
interest on the same for two weeks, this being due from me to him.
He asked me what kind of money I had. I told him I had as many
small bills as I could get & the balance was in $50.00o and $1oo.oo bills.
He then said he would not refuse Confederate money for the interest
or for any thing he had for sale, but that he would refuse it for the
principal. I asked him to take it again but he declined receiving the
Confederate money. Some two weeks after, I saw Mr. Tunstall who
told me that Mr. McLane would receive the Amount I owed him,
principle and interest in C. money.
rI. A. Paschal was born in Georgia in 1808, was admitted to the bar in 183o, and
moved to Louisiana in 1833. He came to San Antonio as an attorney in 1845 and was
elected to the legislature in 1857. In 186o he was a strong Unionist and in 1862 was
defeated for mayor. He served in the Constitutional Convention of 1866 and died on
February 21, 1868. Webb and Carroll (eds.), Handbook of Texas, II, 344; San Antonio
Semi-Weekly News, June 9, 1862.
76William A. Menger was born in Germany on March 15, 1827, immigrated to the
United States in 1847, and established a brewery in San Antonio in 1855. He was an
alderman, 1857-1859, opened the Menger Hotel in 1859, and died on March 18, 1871.
Chabot, With the Makers of San Antonio, 409; Santleben, Texas Pioneer, 317; J. S.
Reilly, San Antonio, Past, Present and Future (n.p., n.d.), 145; Edward W. Heusinger,
A Chronology of Events in San Antonio (San Antonio, 1951), 26, 27.
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