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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Carolina, who became young West's personal
and valued friend. Judge West received his
license to practice law in South Carolina
on the law and equity sides of the docket,
respectively, the former May 13th, 1851, and the
latter May 12th, 1852, and began the practice
at Camden, but with very moderate success.
About the last of November, 1852, he left his
native State and came to Texas, reaching the State
November 2, of that year, and located at Austin,
which was ever after his home. He reached Austin
with but $7.50 in his pocket and that was borrowed
money, In 1854 he formed a law-partnership
with Col. H. P. Brewster. He was in 1855,
when twenty-six years of age, elected to the
legislature from the Austin district, and took a
prominent part in the discussion of the issues of
those days. In 1856 Hon. John Hancock and
Judge West formed what was afterwards the wellknown
law firm of Hancock
Duval West, at present Assistant United States
District Attorney for the Western District of Texas;
Willard Richardson was a native of Massachusetts,
born in that State, June 24th, 1802. His
father was Zacharia Richardson, a retired capitalist
of Taunton, Mass. When fourteen years of age
the subject of this memoir and a brother ran away
from home in a spirit of boyish adventure, went
South and landed at Charleston, S. C., in the midst
of a yellow fever epidemic to which his brother
speedily succumbed. Young Richardson shortly
thereafter left the plague-stricken city and went to
Newberry district, where he taught school in the
hope of earning sufficient money to complete his
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/211/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .