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Engravings, Maps, and Plans

This series contains nine lithographed engravings for illustrations of a U.S. Secretary of the Treasury report on Army operations in Texas and Mexico. All the illustrations are drawn by Edward Everett, and engraved by C. B Graham Lithographers of Washington, D.C. All nine engraving in the papers have been hand-tinted with watercolors, with two versions each of two of the illustrations, probably representing different times of day. The engravings are almost all annotated by hand in ink or pencil, or both, and are listed in order as they appear in the published report of 1850. Also included are three maps of the South Texas and San Antonio area as well as portions of Mexico, and three leaves of plans, two for the same illustration drawn by Everett for the report showing the Alamo mission buildings in 1846 before renovation, and one of the San Antonio de Bexar area drawn by Everett some time later from memory.


This series contains three group of letters, with the first group containing sixteen letters written in the period June 12, 1846 - May 16, 1847, by Edward Everett in San Antonio de Bexar during his service in the Mexican War, to his brother, Samuel W. Everett in Quincy, Ill. A few letters, also from this period, sent to Everett by Captain J. H. Ralston, Colonel R. Jones, Captain James D. Morgan, and Colonel William Weatherford pertain to Everett's disability and eventual discharge from the Army.

The second group has three letters from the period after the Mexican War. The first letter, no more than a note, dated 1852, is from W. H. Bissell concerning a piece of legislation. The other two letters are from 1863, and both discuss the Civil War. One is addressed from Fort Jackson, probably in Louisiana, dated 13 April 1863, opening with "My Dear Father," and closing with "your son Taylar Clark." This writer mentions the Civil War in general terms, and the spelling and grammar are both very poor. The other letter, with much more educated spelling and grammatical style, is addressed "Camp near Warrenton, Va.," dated 6 Sept. 1863, opens with "Dear Parents," and closes "From your affect. son, Henry." This letter discusses army camp life in some detail, including the responsibilities of training U.S. Army Conscripts, various incidents occurring during patrol duty, and an attack that had just been mounted by "Mosebys Gang " at New Baltimore.


George Walker Crawford

George Walker Crawford giving advice to his brother on the business prospects of his nephew Charles P. Crawford, in an autograph letter, signed from Bel-Air (his plantation near Augusta) to Joel Crawford (4 pages, approximately 600 words). "But in respect to these professional partnerships I know that parents greatly desire that their sons should be appointed with men of professional experience and reputation, and it always seemed to me like the method of breaking a young ox to the yoke".
May 8, 1854

Joel Crawford

(1/2 to 1/15)
A series of twelve autographed letters to his son Charles P. Crawford, giving advice on entering the legal profession and conducting his business, signed from Blakely, Macon, or Sparta, Georgia. Four of the letters are accompanied by envelopes addressed by Joel Crawford to his son. Total of 33 pages and approximately 5500 words.

"I advise you to buy no books nor anything else but clothing & food, until you get known, and then buy only what you want. Everything needed can be had in Georgia & about on as good terms as it can be imported. Book stores are now to be found in a dozen towns of this State, some of them large." The letters concern possible locations for establishing an office, people to associate with, the importance of frugality, the status of the economy, and other issues of importance to a man in his 20s, just beginning his career.

Joel Crawford to son Charles P. Crawford, written in Blakely, GA, with envelope
May 16, 1854

Joel Crawford to son in reply to a letter of June 26, written in Sparta, GA, with envelope
July 8, 1854

Joel Crawford to son, written in Sparta, GA
July 8, 1854

Joel Crawford to son, written in Blakely, GA
January 12, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written near Blakely, GA
January 21, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written in Blakely, GA
February 5, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written in Blakely, GA
February 20, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written near Blakely, GA
August 28, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, written near Blakely, GA
September 5, 1855

Joel Crawford to son, with envelope
April 26, 1857

Joel Crawford to son
September 17, 1857

Joel Crawford to son, written in Macon, GA, with envelope
February 25, 1858

Joel Crawford making a gift of sixteen slaves to his son Charles P. Crawford, in an autograph and signed document, mentioning the slaves by name (1 page, docketed on verso). Crawford's autograph appraisal for the slaves included two families, a husband, a wife, and their four children, and another husband and wife and their two children.
February 22, 1855

Another autograph document by Joel Crawford authorizing his son to purchase seven or eight thousand dollars worth of land in Texas.
October 2, 1857

Eli A. Benton

Eli A. Benton to Joel Crawford expansively describing methods and routes of traveling from Georgia to Texas, in an autograph letter, signed from Mount Zion, Georgia (6 pages, approximately 1500 words). Benton offers advice on traveling as Crawford's son Charles plans to move west, being especially concerned about traveling with slaves; the final two pages of the letter offer advice on evaluating the land and suggest Eastern Texas in the vicinity of the Red River as the place to choose.
September 25, 1857.

Charles P. Crawford

(1/17 to 1/25)
Nine letters informing his wife of daily activities, in a series of eight autograph letters, signed from Blakely, Americus, and Bainbridge, Georgia, Orange Mills, Florida, and Richmond, Virginia, to his wife Mattie in Milledgeville or Flat Pond, Lee County, Georgia (8vo, 4to, and folio. 29 pages, approximately 7500 words; accompanied by six mailing envelopes).

In the first four antebellum letters, Crawford describes his activities traveling on the court circuit, mostly in southern Georgia, and describes at length in one, the wonderful possibilities for a move to Florida; the three Civil War letters recount an illness in Richmond, news of fellow soldiers, plans for planting at home, and, in the latest one, a wish to return to duty; the last letter, written in 1867, expresses a longing for former times, and bitterness toward the North.

Charles P. Crawford to wife Mattie, written in Blakely, with envelope
April 21, 1855

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Bainbridge, GA
April 25, 1855

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Americus, GA
August 11, 1857

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Orange Mills, FL, with envelope
June 2, 1858

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Richmond, VA, with envelope
May 12, 1862

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Richmond, VA, with envelope
July 10, 1862

Charles P. Crawford to wife, written in Americus, GA, with envelope
July 25, 1864

Charles P. Crawford to wife, with envelope
November 21, 1867

Charles P. Crawford to his daughter. This unfinished letter is not signed or dated by Crawford nor is it addressed to any daughter in particular. The letter expresses regrets regarding his delay in writing and talks of his weak health. He talks of missing her and wishes she could come. He also talks about her noble qualities and great capabilities.

Mattie Crawford

(1/26 to 1/28)
Three letters informing her husband, Charles P. Crawford about the state of her health and the activities of their baby boy, in three autograph letters, signed from Milledgeville (8vo. 14 pages, approximately 1600 words).

In the final letter, Mrs. Crawford mentions a July 4 visit to the statehouse, "I don't think I ever saw so many persons at one time before... 17 respectable size military companies on parade at one time, & uniforms perfectly beautiful … we went to see & hear Governor Johnson deliver an address, better than two hours long."

Mattie Crawford to her husband Charles P. Crawford
August 19, 1856

Mattie Crawford to her husband
August 21, 1856

Mattie Crawford to her husband
July 4, 1856

Sara Crawford

Sara Crawford to her brother, Charles P. Crawford. Sending news from the home front, in an autograph letter, signed from Americus, Georgia (4vo. 4 pages, approximately 700 words).
"The war news today is good compared with what we have had for several weeks... it is generally believed that Sherman will invade Carolina & let Ga. rest for a while."
January 1, 1865.

Texas Slavery and Emancipation Documents

The sale of five slaves as recorded in an autograph document transferring ownership of "Sundry Negroes slaves for life (to wit) Jim, July, Harriet, Ann & George with their Increase" to D. A. Perry for $2400, signed by S. W. Perry of Washington County, Republic of Texas, February 28, 1838. Half-sheet 4to. One-page, approximately 50 words; docketed on verso/ Folded; traces of an attached sheet on verso.

Renting a slave for the interest on debt as recorded in an autograph document transferring temporary ownership of "a negro woman named Lucretia about 18 years old copper complexion or yellow" from Wyatt Hanks for a period of 12 or 20 months, for the interest on $900, to John Campbell and his wife of Dewitt County, Texas, and signed by John Campbell and Hanks, July 24, 1857. Folio. One page, approximately 200 words; docketed on verso. In a signed statement on the verso, a bit less than two years later, Hanks relinquishes claims on the slave for $300. Folded; some edgewear and browning.

Transferring ownership of "a negro woman named Harriet, about thirty years old," to J. S. Hanna for $1000, in a manuscript document, signed by J. C. Rogers of Milam County, Texas, October 6, 1857. Folio. 1-page docketed on verso. Signed by A. M. Massengale and D. R. Cole as witnesses.

Accounting for the hiring and rent of land and slaves, a one-page accounting for the estate of F. R. Garnett. Listing includes five slaves, identified by name, and one parcel of land; for each slave entered the "hirer" and the monthly fee paid to the estate for services or use; William Woodson of Harrison County, Texas, was acting as administrator for the estate. February 8, 1858.

Announcing the auction of slaves in Caldwell, Texas, in an autograph document headed "notice," signed by Ellis Gregg as the administrator of the estate of John Gregg, deceased, September 27, 1858. Half-sheet 4to. One page, approximately 65 words. "I will sell to the highest bidder at the Court House door in the town of Caldwell on the first Tuesday in November next … the Negro woman named Ellen and children named Frances, Jinny, and Austin." Pinholes at corners from an original mounting; another hole in the middle of the document, taking parts of two letters.

Seeking $10,000 in damages for an illegal beating, a plaintiff's attorney's manuscript complain, signed by L. T. Harris and R. L. Elkins in February (?), 1960 on behalf of Rose Ann, "a free woman of color, and a resident of Jackson County." Folio. 2 pages approximately 325 words. Malcolm Gandy, Andrew Sea, William Wingfield, John White, and Adam McDaniel, all of Jackson County, allegedly "with force of arms & without right … dragged the said pltf. Who is an old and defenseless woman, about 60 years of age, a considerable distance, and then and there with force of arms, …beat, bruised & wounded the said plaintiff with sticks, clubs, and quirts." Rose Ann is later described as "a citizen of Texas at the date of the Declaration of the Independence of Texas," the first such description we've seen for an African-American. Folded (some wear and short separation at folds); some browning and smudging. The complaint was prepared for the March term of the Lavaca County Court but bears no court markings or docketings (the complaint is apparently a copy or was never filed).

Transferring ownership of "thirty seven negroes," from Jesse Tubbs to William Davis, Robert Calvert, and James S. Hanna for $36,750, in a manuscript document, signed by Davis, 15 October 1860. 4to. 1-page docketed on verso. Signed by T. W. Cunningham as a witness.

Transferring ownership of "a negro man by the name of Tom," from H.J. Willson, to "Davis, Calvert & Hanna," for $1050 ($25 down payment made here), in a manuscript document, signed by Willson, October 25, 1860, at "Railway Camp." 4to. 1-page docketed on verso. Signed by T. W. Cunningham as a witness.

Printed slave hire, a partly printed document completed in manuscript and signed by J. D. Billups, John Billups, and G. W. Beauchamp. [Palestine, TX?], January 1, 1861. Handbill, 8 x 6.5 inches. "[blank] By the Twenty-fifth day of December next, we, or either of us, promise to pay to W. W. Quarles, as guardian of M. Quarles, [blank] Dollars, for the hire of a Negro [blank] named [blank] said Negro we are to furnish with three suits of good clothing, one of which to be woolen; two pairs of shoes, one [blank] and one good blanket. And we are to pay the Taxes, and are to employ a Physician, when necessary, and pay the Physician's bill: --and we are to pay five Dollars for every article of clothing we fail to furnish according to the above agreement. Ten per cent for maturity/ January 1st 1861." The blank spaces are here completed appropriately in the manuscript. While autograph slave hires are among the most common slavery-related documents, this is the first printed form for one that we have encountered.

Promising to pay $25 per month for "three Negro Boys to work," to Geo. R. Tubb, in a manuscript document, signed "Davis, Calvert, & Hanna," Leon County, October 21, 1860, additionally agreeing to "clothe and feed said boys." Half-sheet 4to. 1-page docketed on the verso. Over the hire is written "Cancelled & the Negroes taken home & payment made in full to G.R. Tubb this day February 7th 1861."

Promising to "furnish [sic] Samuel King a negro man four months at 20 dollars per month", in a manuscript document, signed by James S. Hanna, in "Sterling," [TX?], March 8, 1862. Half-sheet 4to. 1-page. Hanna further notes the $80, "being the balance due him for buck work done in the year 1861."

Transferring ownership of "a certain negroe girl named Banbry, about seventeen years of age," in a manuscript document, signed by Joseph Mason of Harrison County, Texas, January 2, 1854. Folio. 1-page docketed on the verso. Signed by Pendleton Murrah as a witness. Folded as for filing, but very good. Benjamin Young and Alfred Johnson purchased the slave for $1041. Murrah (1826-1865) was elected governor of Texas in 1863 and served to the end of the war when he fled to Mexico, dying there of tuberculosis in August 1865.

Posting bond for an accused murderer of "Jack Hunter a negro man, formerly belonging to Mrs. A. M. J. Hunter on the Seventh of April A.D. 1864," in a manuscript document, signed by Joseph W. Slater, as Justice of the Peace, Thomas W. Hull, the accused, and 16 of his supporters, all of Harrison County, Texas, September 18, 1865. Folio. 1-page; docketed on the verso. Folded, but very good.

Paying a J. S. Hanna a $25 bounty as a "reward for recovery of a Freedman Rance Ross - charged with horse stealing," in an autograph document, signed by M. F. Harman, December 9, 1875, on a "John Orr & Co." billhead, dated Calvert, Texas. 8 vo. 1-page.

Transferring ownership of "a negro boy named Stephen, said boy … about twenty years of age … and slave for life" from W. W. Watts to J. S. Hanna for $4000, in a manuscript document, signed by Watts and by W. Rowland as a witness in Robinson, Texas. December 7, 1863 (i.e., after the Emancipation Proclamation) Half-sheet 4to. 1-page. Undated

Military Correspondence

Correspondence and communications concerning military engagements and appointments including chains of command, orders, appointments, transfers, reassignments, promotions (or anticipation thereof), resignation, and retirement.

Also present are narratives of field conditions, tactical descriptions, battle plans, and narratives of military maneuvers.

Personal Correspondence with Professional Colleagues

Letters from friends, colleagues, and professionals concerning the subjects of Burns' resignation, his opinions on the war and the political situation of the time. Includes his letters to and from others such as U. S. Grant, J. A. Garfield, Abraham Lincoln, W. B. Franklin, and General George McClellan. Letters of congratulations, appreciation, clarification, and expression of political viewpoints can be found in this series.

Journals and Memoir

This series consists of three groups of journal entries, and a memoir handwritten in ink. All are written on loose sheets of white notepaper or stationary which had been machine ruled in blue, except for one sheet of pale blue, unruled paper with a yellowed, rough left margin, which may have been torn from a notebook, but more likely was the remaining half of a larger sheet of paper.

Nearly all the pages bear some lightly penciled annotations, corrections and additions, undoubtedly in Everett's handwritting, and all but the memoir, with one page labeled a copy of 1899, had been folded to approximately 20 x 9 cm., then labeled as if for filing. Unclear in all cases which sets of entries are original or fair hand copies, though it appears that Everett may have been preparing all the entries for publication, probably in a personal memoir.

Journal entries are devoted to Everett's experiences in Texas during the Mexican War (1846-1848) and are dated from shortly after Edward Everett was wounded in the knee (11 Sept. 1846) and confined to the military hospital to 4 April 1847. The memoir extends the record to encompass the rest of 1848, and extend the chronology of Everett's life to well past the Civil War, though the latter events are only touched on briefly.

Everett's narrative of his experiences give a great deal of detail and insight concerning life on the Texas frontier near the Mexican border, as well as the hardships encountered by American soldiers and both American and Mexican civilians during the Mexican War (1846-1848).

Postal History Documents

1/36: Three envelopes, no return addresses are included

Envelope 1 - postmarked on the front, April 27 - La Grange, Georgia, addressed to C. P. Crawford Esq., Flat - Pond, Lee County - GA, with additional writing stating, Ben Hill, April 1859.

Envelope 2 - postmarked on the front, April 12 - Atlanta, Georgia, addressed to Mrs. C.P. Crawford, Milledgeville, GA, with additional writing. On the back, the postmark is Milledgeville, GA. April 18, 1899, with additional writing stating, St. John Potomac "Sam"*.

Envelope 3 - postmarked on the front September 19 - Atlanta, Georgia, addressed to Capt. C. P. Crawford, Milledgeville, GA, with additional writing that states, "My precious Pet Abbis, for study & usefulness - CPL". The back of this envelope is stamped Milledgeville, GA. Sep 20, 1899.

Biographical Information

Biographical information includes a news article clipping on the death of Charles Crawford, mistakenly listed as Charles T. Crawford in the article, 1900; a short handwritten biography on Charles P. Crawford, undated; a photocopy of a marriage certificate for Charles P. Crawford’s marriage to Anna Ripley Orme - 1880; and a photocopy of a page from the estate of Joel P. Crawford, signed by his executor James Buchanan admitting it into the record, 1858.

Early History

Deed from Sherman Arnold Henry Runge of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal to Henry Runge, references a land transfer of many thousands of acres of land in Concho and Matagorda Counties, a substantial portion of which was formerly owned by the German Emigration Co. March 9, 1869 [handwritten copy of original]

Letter from Emil Reiffert to C. A. Goeth referencing an inheritance affair. Written on letterhead of H. Runge & Co. Banking & Exchange Office, Cuero, Texas. January 15, 1891.[handwritten]

Court appointment of Executors appointing Emil Reiffert, Henry J. Runge, and Louis Runge executors of the estate of the late Julia Runge. March 23, 1896

Will of Henry Runge. June 2, 1894 [handwritten]

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth referencing a meeting to be arranged. November 16, 1900

Revocation and Assignment of Power of Attorney from Hans Eyl and his wife, Meta Runge Eyl, Dr. Gustav Stromeyer and his wife, Anna Stromeyer, all of Hannover, Germany to C. A. Goeth. Filed subsequently in 12 counties. December 10, 1900

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth confirming an appointment. January 21, 1901

Letter from Henry J. Runge to A. C. (C. A.) Goeth that accompanied a deed for land in Mason County. January 30, 1901

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth authorizing cancellation of revenue stamps on deeds of land attached from six counties. February 1, 1901

Partition Deed from Henry J. Runge to heirs of Henry Runge. February 1, 1901

Partition Deed from Julie Runge to heirs of Henry Runge. February 1, 1901 [2 copies]

Letter from Henry J. Runge to Mr. A. C. Goeth (C.A.) requesting signed deeds returned from Mrs. Julius Runge. February 4, 1901

Letter from Henry J. Runge to Mr. A. C. Goeth (C.A.) describing disputed wording in a deed. February 7, 1901

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing matters relating to Goeth's handling of a settlement for his clients dealing with Julius and Henry Runge in Galveston. The letter alludes to personal characteristics. February 10, 1901

Letter from Henry Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing a delay in signing a deed. February 11, 1901

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing ranch transactions and financial difficulties resulting from the disastrous Galveston storm. March 24, 1901

Letter from C. F. Carsner to C. A. Goeth discussing several lots in Victoria, Texas. March 21, 1901

Partition Deed between Johanna Runge, Julius Runge, Louis N. Runge, Meta Eyl nee Runge, Hans Eyl, Anna Rosa Stromeyer nee Runge. Filed in eight counties. October 12, 1901

Surveyor's field notes written by S. D. Williams, County Surveyor for Runnels County, references German Emigration Co. property. November 14, 1901

Memorandum of Agreement between Lange & Doose (Max Lange and C. A. Doose) and C. A. Goeth denoting an agreement on certain terms in a land transaction. The document is signed with strikethroughs and annotations. February 20, 1902

Letter from F. Cronk to H. J. Runge discussing a proposition involving land in Tom Green and Concho Counties. August 4, 1902 [handwritten copy]

Letter from Henry to C. A. Goeth discussing an enclosure of patents and deeds to certain tracts of land. August 8, 1902

Letter from Federick C. von Rosenberg to Henry J. Runge questioning the status of a lease controversy. August 11, 1902 [copy]

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth regarding short clarification. August 13, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C.A. Goeth discussing lack of communication from the Runges. August 14, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth, attachment to an accompanying document. August 16, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing the Runges' wish to cancel a lease; indicates disagreement. August 18, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing a deed. August 23, 1902

Letter from John Seiders, County Judge of San Saba County to C. A. Goeth discussing title problem and is attached to an accompanying letter from G. A. Walters, an attorney in San Saba, Texas. August 23, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discusses the legal difference between a partition and a sale. August 26, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C.A. Goeth seeking information as to court date. August 28, 1902

Telegram from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth advising of a delay in travel. August 29, 1902

Letter from Emil Reiffert to C.A. Goeth discusses the absence of a woman's will or an affidavit of death. September 5, 1902

Letter from Emil Reiffert to C. A. Goeth, was attached to an affidavit. September 9, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth, was attached to a deed. September 18, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth was attached to a set of letters concerning the lease of certain lands to the Hume Bros. September 19, 1902

Certified Judgement of an 1850 judgment in the case of Henry J. Runge vs. The German Emigration Co. September 26, 1902 [handwritten copy]

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing an offer to buy land by George T. Hume of the Hume Bros. September 27, 1902

Judgment in 1850 case of Henry J. Runge vs. The German Emigration Co. Includes name in German as well as a listing of all principals in the company which includes many princes, counts, and dukes. September 29, 1902 [copy]

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing filing a release against the Hume Bros. October 2, 1902

Letter from Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing settlement with the Hume Bros. October 15, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing a final settlement in the case of J. L. Hume et al vs. Henry J. Runge. October 16, 1902

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth requesting certain documents. October 28, 1902

Memorandum from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth acknowledging receipt of monies on behalf of Hume Bros. October 30, 1902

Letter from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing other money matters in the case. October 30, 1902

Memorandum from Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discussing money matters in the case. November 3, 1902

Ledger list prepared by Walter Tips, provides a listing of V/L Land Notes of Las Moris [sic] Ranch. November 7, 1902

Letter from J. W. Hancock, Deputy in Department of Justice, Western District of Texas, to Messrs. Webb and Goeth denies any deeds being on file as the originals were removed. November 13, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth congratulating3 the latter on a legal victory and mentions that he would prefer someone else other than Adolf Runge being made receiver of the ranch property. November 15, 1902

Transfer of land from German Emigration Co. to Meta Eyl and Anna Strohmeyer. November 18, 1902 [copy]

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing someone who would like to sell their lots. December 11, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing travel plans and whereabouts of Julius Runge and Johanne Runge. December 11, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing the Runges and their financial dealings with Sullivan bankers in San Antonio as well as the possibility of putting the ranch in receivership. December 24, 1902

Power of Attorney from Johanna Runge, Julius Runge, Louis Runge, Charles Fowler, Anita Runge to Walter Tips to liquidate all lands and livestock of Las Moras Ranch. December 27, 1902

Legal Agreement stating Julius and Henry Runge to turn overall management and give a complete accounting of ranch affairs to Walter Tips. December 27, 1902

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth accompanied in a letter of transmittal from Julius Runge. December 30, 1902

Tax Assessment listing of lands owned by Eyl and Strohmeyer in Concho County. December 31, 1902

Notes tallying land sold. February 1902 - December 1902 [handwritten]

Financial and Legal Documents

This series contains documents relating to Texas and East Coast real estate transactions, much definitive information on the "Sibley Tent" and the lawsuit resulting from a disagreement concerning patent royalties. Includes two House Bills to force the government to pay Burns as well as the final statement of judgment. Also various other financial correspondence, largely contentious in nature, including documents concerning a bad debt owed to General Burns. Some of the later correspondence was directed to General Burns' sister and concerned selling some real estate.

Sbisa Scrapbooks and Yearbook

Box 1

  • S2-1/1: Small photographic Sbisa family scrapbook. Undated (5.5 x 8 inches)
  • S2-1/2: Medium photographic Sbisa family scrapbook. Undated (7 x 11.5 inches)

Box 2

  • S2-2/1: Longhorn (A&M College Yearbook), 1903
  • S2-2/2: Scrapbook. Undated (11.5 x 7 inches)
  • S2-2/3: Scrapbook. Undated (11.5 x 7 inches)

Miscellaneous Documents

This set of documents is a widely varied mix. Included is a speech delivered by General William Wallace Burns at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, a poem and a fable it is believed he authored, calling cards, invitations, autobiographical narrative, a prayer, news clippings related to family members, an editorial written by General William Wallace Burns, a single old photo of an unidentified couple, a note from a West Point classmate, Daniel T. Van Buren, and miscellaneous empty envelopes.

Personal Correspondence with Family and Friends

This correspondence is chiefly between immediate family members and a few close friends. Some of the correspondence is to or from General Burns, but most are to or from his unmarried sister "Mab" who apparently lived with the family and corresponded with her niece, Pauline Magruder, and nephew, L. Burns Magruder, frequently as they grew up. There are numerous letters and notes from Burns that range in styles and dates from his very early child-like script through his West Point graduation. Several of the letters from Pauline Magruder are in French and written while she was studying in Paris. There are also several letters from a B. L. Prince who was, it seems, intent on marrying the General's sister, "Mab" Burns.

Formation of Santa Rosa Ranch

From a hand-drawn plat map of the Santa Rosa Ranch to a Sheriff's foreclosure notice, this series yields valuable information on the transition of the property from its original owners as well as its lessees and sets-up the scenario for the later problems to be resolved in the courts. This series is comprised of Chattel mortgages, Warranty Deeds, Promissory notes, Deeds, and a Dissolution of Partnership document.


This series of documents is sparse but lends a general idea of the running of the ranch as well as additional land acquisition. There is only one document representing each of the years of 1905 and 1906

Memorandum from Julius Runge to Messers, Webb, and Goeth. A handwritten list of indebtedness by owners with a letter of submission attached. January 16, 1903

Receipt acknowledging the commission of payment made by C. A. Goeth to Lange Doose who apparently acted as agent in a land sale. March 20, 1903 [handwritten]

Letter from Walter Tips to Max Martin giving formal notification of management change and verification of livestock inventory. May 4, 1903

Lease contract. May 6, 1903

Lease contract. May 23, 1903

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth informing of payment for surveying. June 21, 1903

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth concerning sales of animals from the ranch. July 17, 1903

Letter from Henry J. Runge to Walter Tips concerning some title issues. July 24, 1903

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth reporting sales of cattle and prices received. July 25, 1903

Letter from L. W. Ainsworth to Walter Tips referencing some land titles. July 27, 1903

Letter from W. F. Brandes to C. A. Goeth discussing the need to move some fences that are encroaching on property lines. August 18, 1903

Letter from H. Runge & Co. to C. A. Goeth discussing lots in Victoria, Texas. August 26, 1903

Letter from Henry J. Runge to Walter Tips that accompanied enclosures of letters that supported a claim. September 2, 1903

Letter from W. F. Brandes to C. A. Goeth discussing trade for 640 acres. September 2, 1903

Letters largely between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth indicating the accompanying attachments, questions of title, and in one instance, squatters' rights to ranch lands.

Letter and list of lands from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. The list of lands total over 24,000 acres of lands not owned or leased by the family; asks comparison to a list sent previously to complete the total list. December 23, 1903

Tax Assessments in Concho and Tom Green counties. December 1903

Cattle accounting including a tally of cattle on hand and that expected. 1903; Undated [handwritten]

Letter from Walter Tips to Max Martin thanking him for a venison ham; apparently a contraband item. January 19, 1904

Vendor's Lien note from Meta Eyl and Anna Strohmeyer of Hannover, Germany using C. A. Goeth's power of attorney for 160 acres of land. February 29, 1904

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth advising of a citation served upon him for an undisclosed lawsuit. March 23, 1904

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discussing delinquent taxes and purchase of land in a tax sale. April 1, 1904

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth expressing confidence in the outcome of a lawsuit for 5,000 acres. April 6, 1904

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth giving a statement of condition for Las Moras Ranch for the year, ending on May 1, 1904. May 5, 1904

Letters from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth that accompanied enclosures of various sorts to do with operations and land sales and acquisitions. May-June 1904

Inventory of Lands. September 4, 1905

Letter from F. M. Newman to Walter Tips giving a lengthy opinion on a lawsuit concerning a land title. April 28, 1906

Defaults and Transfers Regarding Santa Rosa Ranch

This series of documents paint a picture of the series of events that lead to the succeeding legal conflict. This series is comprised of Pleadings, Foreclosure documents, Chattel documents, letters, telegrams, and, of special interest, a Minute Book documenting a "Special Meeting of the Santa Rosa Ranch Company" in which important stock transfers occurred.

Miscellaneous Letters, Memos, and Clippings

This series includes newspaper clippings, including three items thought to be from circa 1906 concerning the Alamo, its survivors, and its history, and a copy of Edward Everett's obituary. Miscellaneous documents include a copy of a House Bill for financial relief due to Everett's disability incurred while serving in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War, and other miscellaneous printed pieces referring to him.

Miscellaneous Santa Rosa Ranch Legal Documents and Envelopes

With the exception of one or two documents, these appear to be the handwritten research notes of legal counsel; most appear probably to be in the handwriting of attorney James Webb. The file envelopes appears to have contained documents used as evidence in legal actions.

Guadalupe Baptist Association and Guadalupe College

S3-1/5: Chapter I: Organization Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/6: Chapter II: Guadalupe College Founded Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/7: Chapter III: (Missing some pages) Guadalupe Baptist Association, 1909

S3-1/8: Chapter IV: Reconstruction Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/9: Chapter V: Curry Administration Guadalupe Baptist Association

S3-1/10: Chapter VI: Christian Hospitality Wane Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/11: Chapter VII: Correlation Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/12: Chapter VIII: Dr. Ball Becomes President of Guadalupe College, Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/13: Chapter IX gathering Clouds 1908 Guadalupe Baptist Association

S3-1/14: Chapter X: Kelly Administration Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/15: Chapter XI: Sunday School Department, Undated

S3-1/16: Chapter XII: Curry Administration, Undated

S3-1/17: Chapter XIII: Taylor Administration Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/18: Chapter XIV: Moeyer and Wesley Administration, Undated

S3-1/19: Chapter XV: Guadalupe College - Foundation, Undated

S3-1/20: Chapter XV: Guadalupe College continued Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/21: Chapter XV: Guadalupe College continued Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

S3-1/22: Chapter XV: Guadalupe College Alumni Directory Guadalupe Baptist Association, Undated

Litigation Regarding Santa Rosa Ranch

This series is chiefly comprised of court-related documents that depict the intense conflict as well as surprise reversals and new alliances. The documents included in this series are chiefly legal instruments such as suits, answers, pleadings, depositions, transcripts, letters, judgments, opinions, briefs, abstracts, land title transfers, and receipts.


This series (box 2) consists of a scrapbook with photographs that also contains a list of Troop M, 6th Cavalry members from 1905, two postcards and a menu. Some loose photographs, including one, marked Copyright 1909.


These documents chronicle the partitioning and sales of the ranch properties. Included are letters, deeds, financial disclosures, assignments of trusteeships, and letters written in German from family members living in Hannover, Germany. The year 1908 is void.

Letters chiefly between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth discussing the disposition of certain funds, indicate a great deal of traveling back and forth to Europe, and certain difficulties among the heirs. 1907

Memorandum of Agreement documenting the appointment of Walter Tips as Manager and Liquidator of the Las Moras Ranch, as well as percentage interests held among the heirs. Included is a complete accounting of the ranch assets and liabilities. May 22, 1907

Memorandum from Louis H. Runge and Henry J. Runge discussing receipt of monies and travel overseas. June 28, 1907

Letters between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth. The content of these letters is mostly social in nature; including topics such as the impending engagement of Tips' daughter to a German citizen and moving to Germany much to her mother's dismay, a Texas deer hunt for the prospective groom, and travel arrangements. Some discussion about funds disbursement to the heirs. April-October 1909

Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discussing Eyl children in Germany, sickness, and acknowledges reading of a legal document sent previously. October 17, 1910

Affidavit of Death executed in Germany to certify the death of Meta Eyl and distinguish her heirs. November 5, 1910

Power of Attorney from the children of Meta Eyl, appointing C. A. Goeth attorney in fact to act on their behalf in land liquidation. November 5, 1910

Letters, chiefly between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth discussing a contestation of the power of attorney executed in Germany, family matters, and the weather. The last letter from Walter Tips was written six days before his death. February 2, 1911 - April 14, 1911

Telegram from C. A. Goeth and family to Mrs. Walter Tips expressing condolences. April 20, 1911

Letter from Adolph Goeth, the business partner of Walter Tips and brother of C. A. Goeth, to C. A. Goeth expressing that business will continue under name of Walter Tips & Co. and that he could not attend Walter Tips' funeral due to an accident. April 26, 1911

Letters from Eugene Tips, business partner and son of Walter Tips, to C. A. Goeth. Appears Eugene Tips and Adolph Goeth assumed the role of managing the Las Moras Ranch liquidation. April-October 1911

Letter from C. A. Goeth to Hans Eyl providing a lengthy explanation of approaches to take in securing the benefits of the land sales for the children who are not of age. September 12, 1912

Letter from Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth expressing the wishes of Hans Eyl concerning his interest in his wife's estate and doing things according to German law. November 14, 1912

Power of Attorney from the children of Hans Eyl, appointing C. A. Goeth attorney in fact to represent their interests. December 30, 1912

Affidavit drawn-up in Germany declaring the children of Meta Eyl of age. January 4, 1913

Statement submitted to C. A. Goeth by Adolph Goeth, on assets and liabilities. March 13, 1913

Memorandum of Agreement and Final Partition Deed made to all heirs of Henry Runge and partial owners of the Las Moras Ranch. Joint declaration of their portions satisfied and holds the estate of Walter Tips harmless and releases any further responsibility. March 13, 1913

Letter from Eugene Tips to C. A. Goeth thanking Goeth for the role he played in the liquidation of Las Moras Ranch.

Letters and cards, chiefly from the heirs to Las Moras Ranch who were living in Hannover, Germany. There is a death notice and a single handwritten letter in German, from C. A. Goeth in San Antonio. 1911-1913 [not translated]


June 16, 1919, Bosworth explains how the third U.S.S. Albany anchors along with the British cruiser Kent with a hand-drawn diagram. He draws a map of "Golden Horn," one of the harbors in Vladivostok. He shows a hand-drawn ring initialed with the words "USS DB Albany."

June 18, 1919, Bosworth mentions cruising around in Peter the Great Bay. Describing a Russian bathing beach, he comments that Russians do not wear anything while swimming. He thinks Vladivostok is a good place for hunting.

June 21, 1919, Bosworth records that the British cruiser Kent plans to leave Vladivostok Monday morning, but her relief that Carlisle has not come yet. He asks his folks to send some film for his camera because it is expensive in Vladivostok. He informs them that the Navy Department is preparing a bill for Congress by which crews will get a raise in pay.

June 22, 1919, Bosworth talks about the concert of the Middlesex Regiment Band at "Y." At the concert, he meets a well-educated Czech. Bosworth explains the Battalion of Death, a group of Russian women forces. He mentions two American merchant ships, the West Helix and the Archer.

June 25, 1919, Bosworth writes that he has gone to Russian Island for a test with the navigator, the chief quartermaster, the first-class general manager, and the third general manager. They swim while they are waiting for the boat after they have finished their test.

June 28, 1919, Bosworth recalls that about 3 days or so ago 500 Bolsheviks attacked a small number of Americans and they killed sixteen and wounded thirty-six. Since the Bolsheviks warn that they will attack the town by tomorrow, all of the Marines are guarding the American consulate.

June 30, 1919, Bosworth informs that small arms, ammunition, and equipment are distributed for the landing force. He offers the chief 41 dollars to get him on the list of the forces, which will go ashore tomorrow morning, but he does not make it.

July 1, 1919, Bosworth describes that the Albany puts ashore the one hundred forty landing forces to capture Petrovka, which is about 8 or 9 miles inland from Andreeva Bay. Each man is armed with a rifle and 220 rounds. When they attack the town, they find that the Bolsheviks have already left.

July 2, 1919, Bosworth mentions the arrival of the Carlisle, which relieves the Kent when the Albany gets back to port. The Carlisle is a super-destroyer and is armed with five 6-inch guns and ten torpedo tubes. Her speed is 35 knots.

July 5, 1919, Bosworth writes that his shipmates have games on the ship in the morning. The games include an obstacle race, boon fight, shoe race, bottle royal, three-legged race on the dock, pie-eating contest, and a boat race.

July 6, 1919, Bosworth details that the Albany and the Carlisle accompany the ships loaded with supplies for the Americans at Suchan mines. The troops land at about seven in the morning. Even though there is no opposition to the landing, mounted men scout the land.

July 7, 1919, Bosworth records that nothing much happens today. The Carlisle leaves this morning. The Albany returns from the Suchan River at 10 pm.

Sbisa Correspondence and Photographs

S1-1/1: Correspondence

  • Passport for Rita R. Kerr. October 22, 1877
  • Photocopy of correspondence to Mrs. O. P. Kerr from Eugene [?] Kerr. October 29, 1893 (3 pages)
  • Funeral notice for Mrs. Francisco Orfila, Bryan, TX. June 13, 1888
  • Recipe with a note. May 5, 1899
  • Correspondence to Bernard Sbisa from J. G. Huth, November 18, 1911 (2 pages)
  • Correspondence to 'Professor' [Bernard Sbisa] from [Father] J. B. Gleisanner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bryan, TX. April 1, 1917 (1 page)
  • Correspondence to Ma Chere Rita from Meg [?], December 8, 1918, (2 pages)
  • Correspondence to Ma Chere Rita from Meg [?], December 30, 1918[?] (2 pages)
  • Correspondence to Mrs. Sbisa from T.D. Row [?], February 27, 1919 (2 pages)
  • Photocopies of E. W. Kerr article in the Galveston Daily News. Wednesday, June 10, 1896 (2 pages, 2 copies)

S1-1/2: Photographs of the Sbisa family and friends of the family.

S1-1/3: Photographs taken at A&M College

  • Inside Old Mess Hall [?]. Undated
  • Group photo. 1895 [?]
  • Group photo outside of Old Main with Rila Sbisa. Undated
  • Group photo of Corps of Cadets and Matriarchs in front of Mess Hall [?]. 1896 (possibly taken by E.W. Kerr)
  • Group photo outside Academic building in front of Sull Ross statue [possibly group of professors, administrators, or families]. Undated

S1-1/4: Postcards

  • A&M Old Main building burning. Undated
  • A&M College campus house [?]. Undated
  • Military Walk. Undated (3 copies)
  • Sbisa Hall. Undated (3 copies)
  • Sbisa Hall, black and white photograph postcard. Undated

Texas Revolution Opera

This series consists of notes, sketches, and plans for Asbury's Texas Revolution Opera. The musical scores for this opera have been separated and are now housed in oversized folders.

Brass Tree Markers: Abney - McFadden

1/47: Abney, Will H.

1/48: Anderson, Farris S.

1/49: Bevill, Walter G.

1/50: Bourland, William F.

1/51: Brailsford, Thomas R.

1/52: Brown, Vories P., Jr.

1/53: Bull, Richard P., Jr.

1/54: Carter, Joseph D.

1/55: Cox, Romeo W.

1/56: Craig, Samuel R.

1/57: Crocker, Norman G.

1/58: Crook, Edward B.

1/59: Curtis, Manson F.

1/56: Ellis, James G., Jr.

1/57: Findlater, James R.

1/58: Gardner, Benjamin H., Jr.

1/59: Goldbeck, Eric A.

1/60: Gorman, Edwin M.

1/61: Greer, James F.

1/62: Harrison, George L.

1/63: Hausser, Charles

1/64: Jones, Hamlet P.

1/65: Keeling, Walter S.

1/66: Loftus, Luke W.

1/67: Luhn, Graham D.

1/68: McFadden, Willford

1/69: McKimmey, John C.

1/70: Matthews, John L.

1/71: Mayers, Hadyn P.

1/72: Moore, John H.

1/73: Murphy, John B.

1/74: Nolte, Robert W.

1/75: Peters, Herbert N.

1/76: Peyton, Harry L.

1/78: Prime, Wendell F.

1/79: Regenbrecht, Ferdinand

1/80: Riesner, Edmund L.

1/81: Rust, Charles E.

1/82: Slaton, Frank W.

1/83: Teague, Charles L.

1/84: Thomas, William G.

1/85: Thompson, John P.

1/86: Wellage, George F.

1/87: Woolley, Richard P.

1/88: Wright, Benjamin F.

1/89: Yates, Horace C.

Personal and Biographical Information

12/32: Campos, Eloise.

12/33: Filteau, David. [Lionel’s grandson]

12/34: Garcia, Carlos. [Lionel’s son]

12/35: Garcia, Elizandro.

12/36: Garcia, Gonzalo. [Lionel’s father]

12/37: Garcia, Lionel. [See box 13, item 28 for an oversized playing card display from Lionel’s childhood]

12/38: Garcia Lionel; a copy of the book, Father Jaillet, Saddlebag Priest of the Nueces, [inscribed by Orlando Garcia to Lionel] with accompanying document by Lionel describing the item’s significance.

12/39: Garcia, Lionel. Personal contacts

12/40: Garcia, Maria. [Lionel’s mother]

12/41: Garcia, Nadia Noemi. [Lionel’s wife]

12/42: Garcia, Orlando. [Lionel’s brother]

12/43: Garcia, Rose. [Lionel’s daughter]

12/44: Garcia, Sylvia. [Lionel’s sister]

12/45: Gonzalo and Maria Garcia’s home foreclosure paperwork, December 21, 1932.

Club Dances, Hops, and Balls at A&M

This series contains 19 folders in box 1.

S1-1-001: B.B.D.C Club, September 14, 1917

S1-1- Bell County A&M Ex-Student Club Reception and Banquet, December 27, 1923

S1-1-002: Boy's Dance, July 22, 1914

S1-1-003: Cattleman's Ball, May 5, 1933

S1-1-004: Foster Guards Annual Hop, April 20, 1901

S1-1-005: Foster Guards Annual Hop, April 18, 1902

S1-1-006: Galveston Club, December 27, 1921

S1-1-007: Hillel Club Annual Fall Ball, November 21 [?]

S1-1-008: Houston Rifles Annual Hop, April 24, 1903

S1-1-009: Houston Rifles Annual Hop, April 8, 1904

S1-1-010: Houston Rifles Annual Hop, April 28, 1905

S1-1-011: Mechanical Engineering Society, [1920's]

S1-1-012: Order of the Elks- New Year's Dance, January 1, 1917

S1-1-013: Order of the Elks- Flag Dance, June 14, 1917

S1-1-014: Red Cross- New Year's Dance, January 1, 1918

S1-1-015: Red Cross- Victory Ball, January 1, 1919

S1-1-016: "T" Club, undated

S1-1-017: "T" Club, 1923

S1-1-018: "T" Club, March 4, 1927

S1-1-019: "T" Club, March 8, 1929

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