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TEXAS ALMANAC FOR 1863.
We were ready to issue our Almanac, on the 1st of January, but have been
delayed a day or two, in consequence of some important changes we have un-
expectedly had to make. Cut off almost entirely from the necessary supply of
paper, we have had many difficulties to encounter, but we have endeavored
to, compile, to the best of our ability, all such data and statistics as are
necessary to the usefulness of an Almanac, omitting, for the present, all his-
torical, scientific and miscellaneous subjects, till we can find more room foe
them. In consequence of the impossibility of procuring a British Nmatical Alma-
nac, this year, from which nearly all the astronomical calculations of almanacs;
in this country are made, we had to apply to a scientific- gentleman in Comal
county. who has very kindly furnished us with the following tables, which we
are satisfied will bear critical examination. The Laws of the last Legislature, we
have condensed, so that the main features of each law (both General and Special)
can be seen at a glance. On account of the disturbed condition of the country,
some of the counties have failed to make returns, consequently our list of county
officers, as well as our tables of State Statistics, are incomplete; but having had
every facility extended to us at the different State Departments, our compilations
are as full as they could be made up to the date of our going to press. Our
War Tax Returns, which have been kindly furnished by the Chief Collector, will
be read with much interest, as they indicate a better evidence of the actual con-
dition and resources of our State than any State or County Tax Returnshave
ever before exhibited. We had compiled a list of all the Texas troops in the
Confederate service; with their different commands, &c., &c., with which we
were ready to go to press, when we were officially informed that it would be
better to postpone it at present, for obvious reasons. We had bestowed much
time and labor on this article, which we intended to be the most interesting
feature in our Almanac; but in deferring it till another year, we shall be enabled
to make many valuable additions, and give it to our readers in a more complete
and tangible shape. Our list, up to this date, embraces the equivalent of sixt -
nine Regiments, as follows-viz: Cavalry, 33 Regiments, 12 Battalions, 2 Squad-
rons, and 5 Detached Companies; .Artillery, 1 Regiment, 2 Battalions, and 10
Light Batteries; ifantry, 19 Regiments, 2 Battalions and 2 Unattached Com-
panies; Mixed Corps, 2 Legions; and Baylor's laie command of 30 Companies.
Our Chronological Record is shorter than we intended it should be, owing
to our want of room, but it will be continued next year,and we hope to
make it a valuable compilation of important events for future reference. The
post offices in Texas we have omitted altogether, as we find it impossible at
this time to procure a correct list, though we have made many efforts to do so.
The low price, at which,we have put =the Almanac this year, will not reimburse
us for our outlay, as we have spared neither time, labor nor expense in getting
it out, but if it only serve the object we had in view; when we assumed its
publication, we shall be well repaid for all our trouble.
Austin, Jan. 3d, 1862. D. RICHARDSON.
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