DescriptionPatrick Usher Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages with integral address cover, 7.75" x 8.5", [Jackson County], Texana; February 4, 1840. A letter to R.R. Royal, Matagorda, Texas, from Usher concerning a claim by William Bracken against the Estate of Peter Powell. Royal was the administrator of Powell's estate. In part: "It is now near two months since I addressed you a letter in relation to a claim Wm. Brackin holds against the Estate of Peter Powell deceased but immagine [sic] that it did not reach its destination as I have not yet received an answer to it, I am again requested by Wm. Bracken to importune you on the same subject as he is extremely anxious to have his said claim settled, you will recollect that Capt. Gray spoke to you in relation to said Claims and from him Mr. Brackin learned that you would pay the same, he is now much in want of the money as he has lately sustained a very serious loss in the destruction of his Dwelling House by Fire... Patrick Usher." With docket on the integral address cover.
Patrick Usher (1801-1843), a jurist, legislator, and soldier, was born in Ireland. He emigrated to Texas from Hanover County, North Carolina, in May 1835. He joined the Texas army in 1836 and participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. In December 1836, Usher was appointed by Sam Houston as chief justice of Jackson County; he served in that capacity until he resigned in 1839. He was elected to represent Jackson County in the House of Representatives of the Fifth and Sixth congresses of the Republic of Texas (1840-1842). He rejoined the Texas army in 1842 and participated in the Mier Expedition, a raiding excursion into Mexico, and was captured along with his fellow Texans and sent to Perote Prison in Vera Cruz, where he died. This is only the second Usher document we have handled. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
Condition: The letter has horizontal and vertical folds and is separating between the first and second pages.
Richard Royster Royall (1798-1840), legislator, plantation owner, and soldier, was born in Virginia. After living in Alabama for a while, he eventually moved to Texas and in 1830 received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin and built a plantation in Matagorda. Royal represented Matagorda in the Convention of 1833 and in September 1835 was chairman of the Matagorda Committee of Public Safety. Early in the Texas revolution he served as chairman of the Central Committee or Permanent Council at San Felipe. During his tenure Royall advanced some $3,000 of his own funds to the Texas cause. He was defeated in his bid to represent Matagorda at the Convention of 1836. On August 8, 1836, President of the Texas Republic David G. Burnet commissioned Royall to organize an Independent Ranger company to gather stray cattle between the Nueces and the Rio Grande to supply the Army of the Texas Republic. Royall died at his Matagorda home and was buried at his plantation, Cedar Lane, on Caney Creek.
Peter Powell (d. 1837) was an Englishman who moved to Texas from Baltimore, Maryland, possibly as early as 1819. In 1832 Powell participated in the Battle of Velasco. Probate records suggest that Powell died in early 1837, and Richard Royster Royall was made administrator of his estate.
It is now near two months since I addressed you a letter in relation to a claim Wm. Brackin holds against the Estate of Peter Powell deceased but immagine [sic] that it did not reach its destination as I have not yet received an answer to it, I am again requested by Wm. Bracken to importune you on the same subject as he is extremely anxious to have his said claim settled, you will recollect that Capt. Gray spoke to you in relation to said Claims and from him Mr. Brackin learned that you would pay the same, he is now much in want of the money as he has lately sustained a very serious loss in the destruction of his Dwelling House by Fire, with all his ready money and other property to a considerable amount, for this reason he is more urgent than he would otherwise be, be pleased then Sir to attend to his request if possible, if you cannot conveniently raise the whole amount a part of it would at this time very much relieve his present wants. I do not like to be too urgent but sir knowing Mr. Brackins immediate wants I cannot but implore you to aid him if possible. Your approval of his account against Powell as Administrator will certainly insure the Probate Judges approval. However Should you deem it necessary for your own Security Mr. Brackin can readily obtain the affidavit of Nathaniel Lewis & Henry Crooks that his account against the Estate of Powell is just and that his charges are moderate. Inclosed [sic] I send you a copy of the account on the receipt of which you will please write to me fully and let me know when Mr. Brackin may expect to obtain his demand or otherwise send him what you can by the first safe opportunity, or if you think it necessary I will come over and arrange the matter with you however would like to avoid a trip over as it will be attended with expense. In conclusion let me add that your attention to this will confer a favour on
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