DescriptionFrancis R. Lubbock Autograph Letter Signed as assistant secretary and treasurer of the Texas Veteran Association. One and one-half pages, 8.25" x 11", on "Texas Veteran Association" letterhead, Austin, August 15, 1902. Written in pencil on lined paper and addressed to John Henninger Reagan declining an offer to visit shortly after the death of his wife. It reads in part: "I...at present think it best to remain at home looking after little matters of business and keeping up my routine habits. I really think it is best for me, my Dear Friend...My wife many years ago led me to Christ and taught me to put my trust in him it has made me a happier and I trust a better man. She taught me to say 'Lord thy will and not mine be done.' So that I am now possessed of Christian fortitude enough to bear up under all inflictions. I think it is due myself, the memory of my departed wife to my friends and the people of Texas to meet everything that comes hardy and like a Christian."
Folds and small chips toward the bottom; very fine condition.
Francis R. Lubbock (1815-1905) was appointed comptroller of the Republic of Texas by Sam Houston and was active in Texas politics. He became governor of Texas in 1861 and was a strong supporter of the Confederacy. After his term as governor, he joined the army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was appointed aide-de-camp to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1864. He was captured with Davis and John Reagan and imprisoned after the war's end. Upon release he returned to Texas where he was a tax collector for the cities of Houston and Galveston. John H. Reagan (1818-1905) moved to Texas in 1838. He fought in the Cherokee War; was the first judge of Henderson County and served in the second State Legislature; and was elected to the U. S. Congress, but resigned his seat in January of 1860 and returned to Texas; served as Postmaster General for the Confederacy. He was imprisoned after the war and returned to Texas. He returned to politics where in the 1870s he returned to the U. S. Congress, but continued to have a hand in state politics.
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