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[Fieldnotes from land surveys]

Description: Fieldnotes written by an unknown author to an unknown recipient. Lists details from land surveys describing certain tracts.
Date: 1877~
Creator: Giddings, J. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Lawrenceburgh, IN, Premium Card]

Description: Premium card given by W.P. James to J. D. and D. C. Giddings and others reading "Premium Mill and Largest in and of the West or South." Silk, melton, cashmere materials.
Date: [1876,1877]
Creator: James, W. P.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. and D. C. Giddings - December 2, 1871]

Description: Letter from B.D. Dashiell to J. D. and D. C. Giddings. Dashiell explains that he has not collected rent from Dr. Connor on the female boarding house and wants the brothers to take up the matter. He will send them a list of the stockholders for the house. He also expresses his appreciation for the Giddings' kindness to Brother Burford.
Date: December 2, 1871
Creator: Dashiell, B. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. Giddings - December 18, 1872]

Description: Letter from B. D. Dashiell to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Dashiell gives some dates when he expects to be home and expresses his desire to be present when the abitrators meet. He then recommends various people to "estimate the work." Dashiell says that the Soule University board has given Kennon and himself the authority to give bond for the cost in the case of Keesee's heirs. In the case of Mrs. Browning's claim, the matter is not yet settled to Dashiell's disappointment. He plans to be absent often from his home and may move to Houston, and so the board would have to elect new officers, but Dashiell is reluctant to pass on his troubles to a new officer.
Date: December 18, 1872
Creator: Dashiell, B. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. Giddings - January 19, 1872]

Description: Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. Giddings. Dashiell tells Giddings that he has received half of the rent owed by Dr. Connor on the boarding house. On Sunday, Dashiell will announce a stockholders' meeting scheduled for Tuesday, where he will tell them of Gidding's proposition.
Date: January 19, 1872
Creator: Dashiell, B. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. Giddings - June 3, 1872]

Description: Letter from B. D. Dashiell to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Dashiell explains that he has visited Mr. Stone and some of the stockholders, and they are unwilling to transfer. Stone says that he can prove Mr. Carmer failed to exact the payment of stock and therefore take recourse on the boarding house, yet Dashiell claims that Stone is and was president of the board of stockholders and also failed to exact the unpaid stock. The stockholders do not trust Dashiell as their advisor because they think he is attempting to get the best bargain that he can for Mrs. Carmer.
Date: June 3, 1872
Creator: Dashiell, B. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. Giddings - May 22, 1872]

Description: Letter from B. D. Dashiell to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Dashiell tells Giddings that the boarding house at Chappell Hill Female College is insured by the Planters Insurance Company of Houston for $2,500, and since he believes that Mrs. Carmer has forgotten this detail, he will write to her to remind her. Also, he showed Giddings' letter to Joseph Stone and received his advice to sell the boarding house property and divide the proceeds among the stockholders.
Date: May 22, 1872
Creator: Dashiell, B. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. Giddings - October 1, 1872]

Description: Letter from B. D. Dashiell to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Dashiell begins by apologizing for the brevity of his previous letter and lays down the "facts" of the Browning suit. Captain T. Smith, the chairman of a committee formed to deal with the Browning claim as well as other claims against Soule University, made efforts to convince Mrs. Browning to give her claim for land, but she has refused. Giddings had served as the main advisor to the Board of Trustees and yet was also serving as Mrs. Browning's attorney, so Giddings suggested that Col. Swearingen take his place as the board's advisor. Dashiell would rather not lose the university without a fair effort to save it. The Trustees are awaiting any agreement Giddings and Swearingen can work out. Dashiell concludes with questions expressing his confusion as to why Mrs. Browning is not satisfied with claiming the land when it would benefit her family.
Date: October 1, 1872
Creator: Dashiell, B. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from B. D. Dashiell to J. D. Giddings - September 26, 1872]

Description: Letter from B. D. Dashiell to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Most of the trustees do not want to do anything further in the Browning suit and would just let the suit determine the case. If the institution is lost, then the trustees will have the opportunity to "begin afresh."
Date: September 26, 1872
Creator: Dashiell, B. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from C. W. Hurley to J. D. Giddings - March 22, 1872]

Description: Letter from C. W. Hurley to J. D. Giddings. Hurley needs the stockholders of the Texas University Committee to make a payment of 5% of the subscription amount to pay for printing expenses and F. A. Mood's salary. Giddings' subscription is $3,000 below the amount called for.
Date: March 22, 1872
Creator: Hurley, C. W.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from Charles Marechal to J. D. Giddings and Morris - June 3, 1872]

Description: Letter from Charles Marechal to Giddings and Morris. Marechal explains that he has heard of a vacant position in the French and German department of Soule University and would like more information as well as advice from Giddings and Morris, who hold considerable influence over the institution. Marechal has spent most of his twenty years in Mobile teaching modern languages and assisting the English department at Barton Academy. His background also includes various positions in institutions in the northern states. He was born and educated in France and has great familiarity with the German language. Marechal has many recommendations and testimonials attesting to his character and competency that he is prepared to send to the university.
Date: June 3, 1872
Creator: Marechal, Charles
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from D. S. Chesshir to J. D. Giddings - November 26, 1877]

Description: Letter from D. S. Chesshir to Hon. J. D. Giddings. The author expresses his concern that a Mr. Davis has not made his payment and hopes that J. D. Giddings can sort it out before D. S. Chesshir comes to visit Brenham. Mentions surveying land donated to [Southwestern] University.
Date: November 26, 1877
Creator: Chesshir, D. S.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from E. D. Pitts to J. D. Giddings - November 11, 1872]

Description: Letter from E. D. Pitts to Col. J. D. Giddings. Pitts asks Giddings to send him $30.83 and explains that he wants to remit his life insurance premium payment. He will repay Giddings by next Saturday. Also, Pitts and his wife will visit Brenham next Saturday, and on Sunday Pitts will preach. He informs Giddings that Louise and Annie are doing well at Chappell Hill Female College and suggests that Annie take up music lessons.
Date: November 11, 1872
Creator: Pitts, E. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from E. D. Pitts to J. D. Giddings - October 1, 1872]

Description: Letter from E. D. Pitts to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Pitts says that his daughter, Anna, would serve as a good tutor for Giddings' daughters, with the exceptions that she has no musical ability and charges a high price for her services. She has good character, disciplines students well, and is skilled in subjects including Latin and advanced math. Since Ms. Pitts would charge no less than $75.00 per month, Pitts suggests that sending the Giddings daughters to Chappell Hill Female College would be a cheaper and preferable alternative, and provides an estimate for the education of the two girls at the college.
Date: October 1, 1872
Creator: Pitts, E. D.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings - December 27, 1876]

Description: Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings. Explains how Mood would like to borrow money to build a home since his current residence is too small and his salary barely covers his living expenses.
Date: December 27, 1876
Creator: Mood, F. A.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings - February 12, 1876]

Description: Letter from F. A. Mood to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Mood writes an impassioned letter in response to Giddings' doubts about Southwestern and his desire to resign from the Board of Trustees. Mood addresses Giddings' concerns in five numbered points. It appears that one of Giddings' biggest concerns is about the lack of financial support for the university. Mood responds that he is well aware of the risks that he is taking. Mood seems to have had a falling out with his Board of Trustees, and Giddings recommends the he abandons them, but Mood feels too indebted to the board to just let them go. He begs Giddings not to resign for the sake of the institution. Mood fears that his time is limited to lay the foundations of Southwestern University since he has been suffering from pulmonary hemorrhage.
Date: February 12, 1876
Creator: Mood, F. A.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings - February 18, 1872]

Description: Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings. Mood apologizes for being so fussy about a matter where a Mr. Cook refuses to sign anything that he would draw up but demands that Giddings present something to him. This matter is very important to Mood because it would settle his debt to his friend, Captain Smith, who has waited patiently over a year for payment.
Date: February 18, 1872
Creator: Mood, F. A.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings - February 19, 1876]

Description: Letter from F. A. Mood to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Mood says that all the trustees have signed the agreement except for Major John R. Henry and Hon. H. E. McCollough, but Mood is not hopeful for any results from this agreement. He states that Judge J. P. Hughes gave him a favorable lot in exchange for a small bonus for a lot near the university. When Mood examined the house at the lot, he realized that it was empty and not suitable for holding classes. Mood has invested all of the money he has saved and his wife's money in the university and so would like the church to refund him. His health has improved enough that he has resumed his duties to the university.
Date: February 19, 1876
Creator: Mood, F. A.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings - January 31, 1876]

Description: Letter from F. A. Mood to Hon. J. D. Giddings. Mood explains that his letter encloses original and duplicate copies of contracts made by the Trustees of Southwestern University regarding Southwestern Life Insurance Company. He asks Giddings to sign and forward the contract at his earliest convenience. Mood then describes how Southwestern has experienced an encouraging influx of students at Christmas and expects more by 21 February, the beginning of the spring term. The university enjoys a high level of scholarship, and Mood hopes for continued blessings for the school.
Date: January 31, 1876
Creator: Mood, F. A.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings - September 13, 1871]

Description: Letter from F. A. Mood to J. D. Giddings. Mood is concerned that members of the Texas Methodist conferences are reluctant to support the movement of Soule University. He says the conference delegates will instead hold a vote for Marvin College in Waxahachie. Mood suggests that some of their supporters should go with the joint stock company to purchase some more land for the university and asks Giddings to become a stockholder. The thought of the university's failure greatly distresses Mood.
Date: September 13, 1871
Creator: Mood, F. A.
Partner: Southwestern University

[Letter from F. A. Mood to Unnamed Addressee - September 30, 1872]

Description: Letter from F. A. Mood to unnamed addressee. F. A. Mood urgently requests that the addressee attend a meeting concerning the location of Texas University, which will take place on 24 October 1872 in Belton, Bell County, Texas.
Date: September 30, 1872
Creator: Mood, F. A.
Partner: Southwestern University