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'Buffalo 'Bayou and Hlouston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
Charter. You I hope will approve if I can effect anything. The It was evidently up hill work convincing the capitalists
subscribing by the New Houston City Company (which owned of the merits of the enterprise, for on October 12, 1867
extensive Bayou frontage), or rather by the stockholders of
$100,000.00 or the stock of that company for a like amount of Wm. Brady wrote to John T. Brady as follows:
stock in the Transportation Company I believe something of this Dear Brother: Washington, D. C. Oct. 12th, 1867.
kind can be affected. After I sound round and find anything Should you find it necessary to use our firm paper in effecting
can be done, I will send for Wm B. the purchase of iron and rolling stock
(Brady). There is nobody here except for the Texas Transportation ComHouse
(T. W.) and Morris (J. R.) pany, I recommend that you do so
worth a damn and the latter is too as it is of great importance, both to
narrow minded to do anything. I tell our firm and individual interest, that
you this city is sorely in need of men. this road should be completed at the
There is no doubt but that she is earliest day possible. You are, theredwindling
into a one horse concern. i fore, authorized to execute in behalf
Write to me as you progress. I of our firm promissory notes to the
hope you will excuse any remisness amt. required or endorse the bonds
on my part as I only write when I of the company to the amt. sufficient
have something to say of a business to effect the purchase as above stated,
character. You know everyone has the notes to be made payable at such
left. N. P. (Turner) and E. P. time as in your judgment we can
(Hamblen) are both absent. My conveniently meet them.
family have gone and I am certainly Hoping that you may soon meet
on the town. My best regards to Mrs. t with success in making the negotiaBrady.
I hope you have been pleased tions for our company, I remain,
since your departure. Very affectionately,
Yellow fever not bad but spreading Your brother,
gradually. You talk of reconstruction. WM. BRADY.
We will not see it in five years. The To John T. Brady,
Radicals of the State will split certain New York.
on the negro question. IHamilton (Governor A. J.) will return to Among Brady's papers is a long written argument
the State and will carry a majority of negroes with convention. I presenting the advantages of making Clinton the shipping
have been told by Simon pure Rads (Radicals) that if this is
the case they will defeat admission in Congress. It will be the point and to deliver freight from there to the city b',l
case. Negroes love office and Jack (Gov. Hamilton) knows it rail, some of which is quite prophetic.
and he will play on that string. Yours truly, Col. Brady met with some success in raising money
W. P. I-IAMBLEN. and in an effort to'interest home people in the project,
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Farrar, R. M. The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, book, 1926; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46820/m1/17/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .