DescriptionIra Ingram Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 8.25" x 11.75", Austin, June 1, 1830, to Elizabeth Clark regarding the nature of her husband's death. He writes that he has not "yet had an opportunity to communicate with anyone who was with, or near Mr. Clark at the time of his death . . . [therefore] it is not in my power to afford you any satisfaction relative to his disease or the degree of his sufferings . . . [only that] he was violently attacked, & expired in a few hours, as report says, of Colera morbis [Cholera morbus]." He goes on to discuss the estate of the deceased, at least to the best of his knowledge. Areas of waterstaining has caused slight fading of the text, but the entire letter remains legible. Separation along the vertical fold has resulted in minor loss of paper. Chipped edges.
Ira Ingram (1788-1837) arrived in Texas in January 1826 as a member of Austin's Old Three Hundred where he settled in what is now Waller County. In the Convention of 1832 he served as a representative for the Mina District and for San Felipe during the Convention of 1833. He was the first alcalde of Matagorda in 1834 and authored the Goliad Declaration of Independence the following year. During the Texas Revolution, he first was involved in the capture of Goliad and later served in the Matagorda Volunteers. By April 1836 he was a major in the Texas Army ordered on a recruiting mission to the United States by General Sam Houston. After the war, he served as the first speaker of the House for the Republic of Texas.
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