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    [Old Three Hundred]. Francis F. Wells Autograph Letter Signed. One page with integral address cover, 7.5" x 10.25", Texana [Jackson County], Texas; August 24, 1837. A letter to R.A. Irion, Houston, Texas, from Wells tending his resignation as Justice of the Peace for the County of Jackson, Texas. A fascinating letter from one of the original Texas colonists who honestly admits his lack of qualifications and interest in the position of Justice of the Peace. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
    Condition: With the usual mail folds and a few scattered ink stains, affecting one word of the letter.

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    I have been some time acting as Justice of the peace for the county of Jackson and finding myself entirely unqualified by previous habits, besides an entire want of inclination, likewise my constant engagements in the practice of medicine as to render me altogether unfit to discharge the duties thereof. I therefore request the liberty of resigning hoping you will send me the earliest information of your acceptance possible.  Thereby much obliged your

                                                    Humble Servant

                                                    Francis F. Wells


    Francis Flourney Wells (ca. 1799-1866), one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred Colonists, was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia about 1799. He moved to Texas from Louisiana and in July 1824, receiving title to a league and a labor of land in present Brazoria and Jackson counties.  In November 1829, Wells was granted a license to practice medicine in Texas. In 1832 Wells and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Pamelia (Parmelia) McNutt Porter, founded the town of Texana in Jackson County. In 1846 he was appointed the U.S. Postmaster for Texana.  Wells, who served for a while as Justice of the Peace for Jackson County, died in that county in 1866.


    Robert Anderson Irion (1804-1861) was a physician, a senator in the First Congress of the Republic of Texas, and Secretary of State for the Texas Republic (1837-1838) under the first administration of President Sam Houston.

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