Description[Texas Republic] Branch T. Archer Letter Signed "B. T. Archer Sct. of War". Two and one-half pages, 7.75" x 10", April 4, 1840, "War Department, City of Austin", to Nathaniel H. Watrous, containing military details. Secretary of War Archer orders Watrous to Washington, D. C., to confer with William Henry Daingerfield and to serve as commissary of purchases for the Republic of Texas. Among his instructions is the order to purchase "five hundred kegs of powder, as advantageously as possible," along with specifics on insurance and shipping. With the original letter, Archer had enclosed a draft (not extant) on the Merchants Bank at New Orleans for $5,000.
Branch Tanner Archer (1790-1856) moved to Texas in 1831, shortly after killing his cousin in a duel in Virginia. He fought in the Texas rebellion, served as chairman of the Consultation, lobbied the U.S. for financial assistance, served as speaker of the house in Texas' Second Congress, and finally served as President Mirabeau Lamar's secretary of war. Fine.
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