The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 203
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"In the Galveston News of August 8, 1886, there appeared two
letters bearing on the early history of the island, which were edited
by my father, the late Hamilton Stuart. The first bearing date
of August 20, 1818, was written by Geo. Graham to Genl. Eleazer
W. Ripley in command of a force of U. S. troops in Louisiana,
and contains an account of his visit to the island under instruc-
tions of the U. S. state department.
"The second, written by 'Gen.' James Long to Ripley, as well as
a third communication to him, gives an account of his operations
in June and July, 1820. I saw the originals at the time and they
were beyond doubt genuine. They were sent to the News by a, gen-
tleman then residing in Louisiana, whose name I have forgotten,
paid for, and at his request returned to him."
The subjects dealt with more or less in detail by Mr. Stuart
are the Mexican customs collectors from 1830 to 1835, the slave
schooners entering Galveston Bay, the beginnings of the city,
pioneer Protestant preachers, early yellow fever epidemics, and the
first city election. Biographical data is furnished relating to
Stephen Pearl Andrews, abolitionist; Stephen Churchill, pirate,
pilot and ferryman; John M. Allen, the first mayor; and George
C. Childress, the reputed author of the declaration of independ-
ence, whose unmarked and forgotten grave Mr. Stuart locates.
E. W. W.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/213/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.