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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Printed letters, 1836-1837, 1936-1937

Series II: Letter typescripts, 1846-1941

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the David G. Burnet letters, 1836-1859



Descriptive Summary

Creator Burnet, David Gouverneur, 1788-1870
Title: David G. Burnet letters
Dates: 1836-1859
Abstract: Letters to and from David Gouverneur Burnet (1788-1870) of the Republic of Texas, in typescript form and as reprinted in the La Grange Journal.
Identification: MS 188
Extent: 1 lin. inch (1 folder)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center,  Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

David Gouverneur Burnet (1788-1870) was born in Newark, New Jersey. About 1817 he moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana, and in 1831 to Texas. He was ad interim president of the Republic of Texas from March 17 to October 22, 1836. In 1836 he was elected vice president of the Republic of Texas, serving part time as secretary of state and acting president.

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Scope and Contents

Letters to and from David Gouverneur Burnet (1788-1870)of the Republic of Texas, in printed and typescript form. The first series of these letters consists of photocopies of newspaper clippings of the David G. Burnet letters as they appeared in the La Grange Journal. These letters date from 1836 to 1838 and appeared in the Journal between July 9,1936 and February 4, 1937. The letters were edited and annotated by Houston Wade. Many were written to Colonel James Morgan and recount much military activity under Burnet’s presidency. The second part of the collection consists of typed copies of letters to and from members of the Burnet family. They are of a more personal nature and discuss family matters and opinions on slavery and the Abolitionists. With these is a letter to Houston Wade regarding the letters, and some of Wade’s notes about them. Also included is a typed copy of Wade’s entry for the La Grange Journal from July 30, 1936.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Burnet letters, MS 188, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas.
Land settlement--Texas--History.
Indians of North America--Texas--History.
Land grants--Texas--History--19th century.
San Jacinto, Battle of, 1836.
Subjects (Places)
Texas--History--19th century.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Formats
Correspondence
Typescripts

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Related Material

See also Burnet papers at University of Texas at Austin's Center for American History: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00365/cah-00365.html.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David G. Burnet letters, 1836-1859, MS 188, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Fletcher Collection, gift of Mrs. Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., 1969

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Printed letters, 1836-1837, 1936-1937

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1 Collection of newspaper articles reprinting letter by David G. Burnet, annotated by Houston Wade, July 9, 1936 – February 14 1937

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Series II: Letter typescripts, 1846-1941

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1 Isaac G. Burnet to Staats G. Burnet, Newark, NJ, February 14 1846
David G. Burnet to Isaac G. Burnet, Lynchburg, Texas, November 4 1855
David G. Burnet to Isaac G. Burnet, Lynchburg, Texas, September 12, 1856
David G. Burnet to Kitty Burnet (Mrs. Isaac C. Burnet), Lynchburg, Texas, January 1, 1859
Transcripts of letter from David G.Burnet to Col. James Morgan, Velasco, May 22, 1836 and letter from Chas. R. Williams to Col. James Morgan, Stonington, Conn. 13 July 1835; annnotated by Houston Wade, July 30, 1936
Letter from Isabella N. Burnet to Houston Wade, Re: microfilm, November 11, 1941

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