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    Thomas Affleck. Affleck's Southern Rural Almanac, and Plantation and Garden Calendar, for 1857; Being the First after Bissextile, or Leap Year; and Until the Fourth of July, the Eighty-First Year of Independence of the United States. Galveston: Published [sic] at the Office of Civilian and Gazette, [1857]. First edition. 12mo. 144 pp. Sewn wrappers. Covers somewhat wrinkled with light folding and foxing. Bottom corner lightly folded for first 25 pp. Interior clean with light foxing, toning, and occasional pencil marking. A very good copy of a scarce item. From the papers of B. A. Shepherd.

    Articles in this issue include "The Kitchen Garden in the South," "Fruit-Growing in the South," "Texas and Her Lands," as well as features on "Bermuda Grass" and "The Rose." Also included is the 1856 and 1857 Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees and Plants, cultivated at The Southern Nurseries, by Mr. Affleck, grown at his establishment in Mississippi. Affleck was instrumental in promoting species better adapted for the climate and landscape of Texas. In addition, Affleck introduced many rose varieties to Texas and the South which are now considered heirloom varieties. "He was a great nurseryman and progressive agriculturist, and one of the greatest forces in the rehabilitation of Texas after the Civil War" (Eisler, Horticulture & Horticulturists in Early Texas, pp. 31-32). From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.

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    Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.

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