The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 68
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Shortly after this task was finished, H. D. Martin, a member
of the Galveston Cotton Exchange and Maritime Association,
wrote Milner from Houston, asking if the Colonel could at
that time make a trip to England in the interests of Texas
cotton. Mr. Martin stated:
Several years ago while in Manchester I arranged
with 18 of the most prominent spinners there to
organize a little syndicate and send a Commission to
the South to determine if they could safely invest
some of their capital in growing cotton in the South.
The report was favorable but I have never until now
been able to find something that would suit them in
every particular. . . . If you can make the trip, I
think I can make it to your interest. . . . When
you get there it will simply be necessary to outline
the plan to them, after you have seen and approved
the location, and find out if they will put up the nec-
Martin thought it would take the Colonel about two weeks
to collect photographs and other materials he needed to take,
but hoped he could leave as soon as all data was assembled.
This offer also was refused. Perhaps Milner felt such a trip
would be too strenuous because of his failing health ;22 perhaps
the reason for the refusal lay in his interest in the gubernatorial
contest between Thomas H. Ball and James E. Ferguson of
In a political letter for publication to the editor of the
Houston Chronicle, dated April 20, he described his life at
Since leaving the Agricultural and Mechanical Col-
lege I have retreated to my little farm in Rusk County.
Here I am endeavoring to demean myself as a useful
citizen, obliging neighbor, and to love my country as
a true patriot ought. . . . I am permitted by the bul-
wark with which our homesteads are fortified to stand
flat-footed and foursquare on my little fields, sur-
rounded by the beauties of nature and a few of the
things which the law allows me, and desire nothing
but equal laws and equal rights. These environments
228H. D. Martin to R. T. Milner, June 4, 1914, R. T. Milner Portfolio,
University of Texas Archives.
2290n April 27, 1914, he wrote Colonel E. B. Cushing: "I would have
answered your letter before now but for the reason that I have been far
from a well man."-Milner Portfolio.
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