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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Papers, 1836-1846, undated (bulk 1837-1846),

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Memucan Hunt:

An Inventory of Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1836-1846, undated (bulk 1837-1846)



Overview

Creator: Hunt, Memucan, 1807-1856.
Title: Papers
Dates: 1836-1846, undated
Dates: (bulk 1837-1846)
Abstract: The papers of Memucan Hunt are mostly correspondence, with some legal documents and financial records, including receipts, promissory notes, partnership agreements, documents dealing with land deals and Hunt's government service, and a list of family members and their residences. Materials date from 1836 to 1846, and undated, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1837 to 1846. Papers relate to Texas politics, annexation, and land sales. Correspondence includes personal invitations and letters of introduction. Correspondents include James Pinckney Henderson, Archibald Yell, Thomas Jefferson Green, and Thomas Jefferson Rusk.
Quantity: 0.21 cubic ft.
Language English.

Biographical Sketch

Memucan Hunt was born in North Carolina on August 7, 1807. He attended the Bingham School in Hillsboro, and was later involved in business interests in Weldon, North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia. In 1834 he moved to Mississippi to take charge of a plantation given to him by his father.

Early in 1836, Thomas Jefferson Green arrived in Mississippi to recruit volunteers to fight in the Texas Revolution. Hunt, along with neighbor James Pinckney Henderson and several hundred others, joined Green, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. The men sailed from New Orleans to arrive at Velasco in June 1836. In August of that year, to prepare for a threatened invasion by Mexico, President David G. Burnet commissioned Hunt Brigadier General in the Texas Army. At his own personal expense, Hunt enlisted, organized and equipped troops for the Texas Army from Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi. In December of 1836, with the threat of a Mexican invasion apparently over, Hunt resigned his commission to return to his home in Mississippi, but he was persuaded by President Sam Houston to serve Texas as Minister to the United States. Hunt assisted William H. Wharton in gaining United States recognition of Texas independence.

From December 1838 to May 1839 Hunt served the Republic as Secretary of the Navy, appointed by President Mirabeau B. Lamar. In May 1839 he was the Texas representative on the United States-Texas Boundary Commission.

President Houston appointed Hunt Inspector General of the Texas Army in 1842, and he also served as Adjutant General in the Somervell Expedition of that year. In 1846 Hunt volunteered to serve in the Mexican War, and served briefly on the staff of General James Pinckney Henderson.

After annexation, Hunt served one term in the Texas legislature in 1852. In 1853 he again represented Texas on the United States Boundary Commission, to adjust the southwest boundary.

He spent the next several years trying to recoup his losses in behalf of Texas, and the legislature overwhelmingly approved his claims for compensation in land. He obtained a charter for a railroad from Galveston to Red River, and traveled extensively in search of investors. It was on one such trip that he was taken ill in New Orleans and forced to return to Galveston. Advised by his doctor to go to a higher altitude, he went to his brother's home in Tipton County, Tennessee. It was there that he died on June 5, 1856.

Hunt was married in 1850 to Anne Taliaferro Howard of Galveston. Hunt County was named in his honor.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The papers of Memucan Hunt are mostly correspondence, with some legal documents and financial records, including receipts, promissory notes, partnership agreements, documents dealing with land deals and Hunt's government service, and a list of family members and their residences. Materials date from 1836 to 1846, and undated, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1837 to 1846. Papers relate to Texas politics, annexation, and land sales. Correspondence includes personal invitations and letters of introduction. Correspondents include James Pinckney Henderson, Archibald Yell, Thomas Jefferson Green, and Thomas Jefferson Rusk.

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Arrangement of the Records

Papers are arranged by type of material, then chronologically, with undated materials placed at the end of each type.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Hunt, Memucan, 1807-1856.
Henderson, James Pinckney, 1808-1858.
Subjects:
Boundaries.
Places:
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas--Annexation to the United States.
Texas--Politics and government--1836-1846.
Texas--Boundaries.
United States--Boundaries.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--1837-1846.
Legal documents--Texas--1836-1846.
Financial records--Texas--1836-1846.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records in this finding aid. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
A. J. Houston Collection, 1812-1941 (bulk 1812-1867), approx. 30.5 cubic ft.
Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers, 1733-1859, [185-]
Texas Legislature, Memorials and petitions [Restricted]
Texas Secretary of State, Records relating to the Joint United States - Republic of Texas Boundary Commission, 1837-1843, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, United States diplomatic correspondence, 1827-1846, 1.5 cubic ft.
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Samuel Houston Papers, 1814-1937 (bulk 1836-1861), 6 ft., 3 in.
Anson Jones Papers, 1809-1910, 3 ft.
Thomas Jefferson Rusk Papers, 1824-1859, 3 ft., 10 in.
Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas
Memucan Hunt Papers, 1831-1874
Publications
Nuhn, Oradel. Memucan Hunt, Minister plenipotentiary and envoy extraordinary.Nacogdoches, Tex. : Ericson Books, [199-?, c1940]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Memucan Hunt Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1912/003

These papers were transferred to the Texas State Library from the Comptroller's Office in 1911. As reported in the Second Biennial Report of the Texas Library and Historical Commission, 1911-1912, this group of papers was among 100,000 manuscripts transferred by the Comptroller's Department in accordance with the law "making the State Library the custodian of all historical manuscripts no longer required in the current work of the various State Departments..."

Processing Information

Cynthia Beeman, November 1984

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Papers, 1836-1846, undated (bulk 1837-1846),
0.21 cubic ft.

box folder
1912/003 Correspondence:
1. Memucan Hunt to President and Directors of Mississippi and Alabama Railroad Banking Company, May 25, 1837
1. S. M. Shelton, President, Mississippi and Alabama Railroad Company, to Memucan Hunt, May 25, 1837
1. Thomas J. Green to MH, June 8, 1838
1. Robert Paye to J. S. Carson, November 11, 1838
1. Ben A. Lavender to MH, (attached to Paye letter) May 24, 1845
1. MH to J. M. White, January 30, 1839
1. Lawrence and Chalmers to MH, February 6, 1839
1. A. Hunt to MH, February 22, 1839
1. J. A. H. Cleveland to MH, January 25, 1841
1. [Richard] West to Thomas M. Duke, September 11, 1841
1. J. Pinckney Henderson to Branch T. Archer, April 10, 1842
1. H. Houghton to MH, July 5, 1842
1. James H. Raymond to MH, August 3, 1842
1. C. M. Seawell to MH, August 17, 1842
1. Henry K. Hardy to MH, September 11, 1842
1. MH to Thomas J. Rusk, September 11, 1842
1. A. P. Walden to George Morgan, September 15, 1842
2. W. G. Runnels to William H. Garland, February 28, 1842
2. W. D. Sims to MH, October 29, 1843
2. ? to MH, October 26, 1843
2. William B. Hawkins to MH, November 15, 1843
2. William B. Hawkins to MH, November 17, 1843
2. William J. Rayner to MH, December 20, 1843
3. William J. Rayner to MH, February 21, 1844
3. N. M. Lewis to MH, February 28, 1844
3. [W. C. Gutz] to?, February 29, 1844
3. Thomas M. Bagby to MH, March 7, 1844
3. Edward A. Rawlins to MH, March 7, 1844
3. Lewis S. Coryell to MH, March 11, 1844
3. Lewis S. Coryell to MH, March 12, 1844
3. Thomas J. Green to MH, March 15, 1844
3. MH to W. P. Mangum, March 27, 1844
3. Lewis S. Coryell to [MH], March 28, 1844
3. Lewis S. Coryell to MH, March 29, 1844
4. [Alphonse] de Saligny to MH, April 12, 1844
4. J. Pinckney Henderson to MH, April 13, 1844
4. Lewis S. Coryell to MH, April 20, 1844
4. J. Pinckney Henderson to MH, April 25, 1844
4. H. Washington to?, May 2, 1844
4. Lewis S. Coryell to MH, May 4, 1844
4. Albert Sidney Johnston to MH, May 9, 1844
4. W[ashington] D. Miller to MH, May 14, 1844
4. C. M. Seawell to MH, May 30, 1844
4. W. L. Robards to MH, July 27, 1844
4. J. Temple Dowell to MH, July 29, 1844
4. J. A. Harris to _____ Owen, September 28, 1844
4. William O'Neil to MH, October 25, 1844
4. Mary P. Lipscomb to MH, December 28, 1844
5. George Fisher to MH, January 21, 1845
5. Colonel Love to MH, February 1, 1845
5. James Hamilton to A. T. Burnley, February 11, 1845
5. James Hamilton to MH, February 11, 1845
5. Oscar Farish to MH, February 24, 1845
5. James Morgan to MH, February 24, 1845
5. James Love to?, February 28, 1845
5. Samuel M. Williams to MH, March 6, 1845
5. P. W. Graham and Thomas A. Williams to MH and Bennett, March 17, 1845
5. James R. Jennings to MH, April 1, 1845
5. Joseph A. S. Acklen to MH, April 1, 1845
5. R. F. Mitchell to MH, April 2, 1845
5. Edward A. Rawlins to MH, April 2, 1845
5. John S. Bell to MH, April 2, 1845
5. Charles H. Alexander to MH, April 6, 1845
5. William B. Hawkins to MH, April 7, 1845
5. Levi Jones and others to MH, April 7, 1845
5. John Garnett to MH, April 23, 1845
6. C. F. Blodgett to MH, May 3, 1845
6. T. Borden, Jr. to MH, May 6, 1845
6. J. Pinckney Henderson to MH, May 8, 1845
6. Moses Evans to MH, May 10, 1845
6. Moses Evans to MH, May 10, 1845
6. Ben A. Lavender to MH, May 10, 1845
6. John Hemphill to MH, May 18, 1845
6. A. Yell to MH, May 20, 1845
6. Hugh Nelson to MH, May 20, 1845
6. Moses Evans to MH, May 21, 1845
6. E. Y. Keene to MH, May 23, 1845
6. Edward W. Pittman to MH, May 24, 1845
6. Moses Evans to MH, May 25, 1845
6. Thomas W. Murray to MH, May 27, 1845
7. Joseph A. S. Acklen to MH, June 9, 1845
7. William J. Rayner to MH, June 9, 1845
7. A. Yell to MH, June 23, 1845
7. J.H.B. to MH, July 1, 1845
7. Mary W. Nelson to MH, July 8, 1845
7. Edmund Pendleton Gaines to MH, July 10, 1845
7. B. Williams to MH, July 14, 1845
7. James Hamilton to MH, July 23, 1845
7. Isaac Morse to MH, July 24, 1845
7. Thomas P. Little to MH, August 24, 1845
7. John T. Bennett to MH, September 1, 1845
7. Clem R. Johns to MH, September 15, 1845
7. Edward Townes to MH, September 15, 1845
7. D. S. Terry to MH, September 16, 1845
7. P. I. Pilans to MH, September 22, 1845
7. Edward A. Harrison to MH, September 23, 1845
7. Isaac Morse to MH, September 23, 1845
7. C. W. Peterson to MH, September 25, 1845
7. David R. Stout to MH, September 30, 1845
8. W. S. P. Hunt to MH, October 1, 1845
8. O. A. Runnels to MH, October 1, 1845
8. A. J. Cunningham to MH, October 1, 1845
8. Tom Hunt to MH, October 4, 1845
8. Dor and Brichta to MH, October 8, 1845
8. Thomas B. Howell to MH, October 10, 1845
8. [J. J. Calehan] to MH, October 10, 1845
8. Maria Seawell to MH, October 11, 1845
8. J. K. Sneed to MH, October 11, 1845
8. A. Drain to MH, October 25, 1845
8. A. Yell to MH, October 26, 1845
8. George W. Morgan to MH, October 28, 1845
8. J. R. Harris to MH, October 1845
9. J. Bennett to MH, November 1, 1845
9. P. Edmunds to MH, November 2, 1845
9. Thurston M. Taylor to MH, November 4, 1845
9. Thurston M. Taylor to MH, November 4, 1845
9. T. P. Plaster to MH, November 6, 1845
9. Jane B. Pryor to MH, November 6, 1845
9. Sam F. Moseley to MH, November 7, 1845
9. Thomas Hunt to MH, November 8, 1845
9. A. [Wynn] to MH, November 10, 1845
9. N. M. Lewis to MH, November 12, 1845
9. Aduton and Louisa M. Boykin to MH, November 12, 1845
9. Isaac Morse to MH, November 14, 1845
9. T[homas] Jefferson Chambers to MH, November 15, 1845
9. Edward A. Rawlins to MH, November 15, 1845
9. J. S. Roberts to MH, November 16, 1845
9. Oscar J. E. Stuart to MH, November 18, 1845
9. A. H. [Lener] to MH, November 19, 1845
9. [T.F.W.] Claiborne to MH, November 20, 1845
9. W. W. Cook to MH, November 20, 1845
9. John Burdgess to MH, November 22, 1845
9. John Kelford, Jr. to MH, November 22, 1845
9. P. Hunter to MH, November 25, 1845
9. D. Ayers to MH, November 26, 1845
9. Myan L. Smith to MH, November 27, 1845
9. N. H. Darnell to MH, November 29, 1845
9. D. Hardeman to MH, November 30, 1845
10. William W. Watts to MH, December 8, 1845
10. W. V. Taylor to MH, December 9, 1845
10. James W. Swayne to MH, December 9, 1845
10. R. W. Snead to MH, December 11, 1845
10. James B. Shaw to MH, December 13, 1845
10. James Seawell to MH, December 14, 1845
10. B. Owen Payn to MH, December 18, 1845
10. John [B.] Williams to MH, December 18, 1845
10. P. W. Humphreys to MH, December 20, 1845
10. Robert C. Campbell to MH, December 24, 1845
10. John [B.] Williams to MH, December 24, 1845
10. James [UNK] Cartwright to MH, December 25, 1845
10. Moses Evans to MH, December 27, 1845
10. Andrew Miller to MH, December 29, 1845
10. Cohn Bland to MH, December 31, 1845
11. John Garnett to MH, January 3, 1846
11. J. W. Haden to MH, January 3, 1846
11. David S. Portis to MH, January 4, 1846
11. Thomas Stamps to MH, January 4, 1846
11. O. F. Stirman to MH, January 7, 1846
11. A. M. Walker to MH, January 8, 1846
11. Thomas M. Joseph and D. S. Terry to MH, January 8, 1846
11. James W. Simmons to MH, January 12, 1846
11. J. Morgan to MH, January 13, 1846
11. [J. Pinckney] Henderson to MH, January 14, 1846
11. T. P. Plaster to MH, January 14, 1846
11. C. William Tait to MH, January 15, 1846
11. J. D. McCutchan to Van P. Irion and R. M. Williamson, January 17, 1846
11. John O. Trueheart to MH, January 19, 1846
11. Anna _____ to MH, January 19, 1846
11. John O. Trueheart to MH, January 21, 1846
11. J. A. Pogue to MH, January 24, 1846
11. Edward A. Rawlins to MH, January 24, 1846
11. Jane B. Pryor to MH, January 25, 1846
11. H. Baldwin to Gale [Gail] Borden, January 26, 1846
11. Edward Hall to MH, January 27, 1846
11. Joseph [Smythe] to MH, January 27, 1846
11. A. Royster to MH, January 27, 1846
11. Edward A. Harrison to MH, January 27, 1846
11. James W. Simmons to MH, January 30, 1846
11. James W. Simmons to MH, January 30, 1846
11. James W. Simmons to MH, January 30, 1846
11. Daniel D. Culp to MH, January 30, 1846
11. William R. Smith to MH, January 1846
11. Y. B. Webster to MH, January 1846
12. John Hemphill to MH, February 1, 1846
12. A. _____ to MH, February 2, 1846
12. Collier C. Hornsby to MH, February 3, 1846
12. Daniel D. Culp to MH, February 3, 1846
12. A. P. [Walden] to MH, February 6, 1846
12. [M. Laurenes] to MH, February 6, 1846
12. G. W. Crawford to MH, February 6, 1846
12. J. D. McCutchan to MH, February 14, 1846
12. E. A. Harrison to MH, February 14, 1846
12. B. W. Britt to MH, February 18, 1846
12. Jesse F. Randel to MH, February 18, 1846
12. James W. Swayne to MH, February 22, 1846
12. William H. [Barten] to MH, March 4, 1846
12. Tom Henderson to MH, March 5, 1846
12. Edward A. Rawlins to MH, March 5, 1846
12. William J. Rayner to MH, March 10, 1846
12. Eph. M. Haines to MH, March 15, 1846
12. Hugh Nelson to MH, March 23, 1846
12. [M. Laurenes] to MH, March 26, 1846
13. Thomas Allenblanke to MH, April 1, 1846
13. Thomas J. Rusk to MH, April 3, 1846
13. [J. Pinckney] Henderson to MH, April 4, 1846
13. [Vespasian] Ellis to MH, April 5, 1846
13. W. M. Lewis to MH, April 6, 1846
13. William F. Hilliard to MH, April 7, 1846
13. James Taylor to MH, April 6, 1846
13. United States Senators to James K. Polk, April 10, 1846
13. Members of Texas House of Representatives to James K. Polk, April 10, 1846
13. William L. Locklin to MH, April 12, 1846
13. William J. Rayner to MH, April 13, 1846
13. William J. Rayner to MH, April 19, 1846
13. James M. Anderson to MH, April 29, 1846
13. T. Moore to MH, May 21, 1846
13. J. H. Eaton to MH, May 23, 1846
13. Thomas T. Hunt to MH, May 23, 1846
13. R. P. Hightower to MH, May 24, 1846
14. [Hugh Nelson] to MH, June 7, 1846
14. Thomas Johnson to MH, June 9, 1846
14. E. P. Hunt to MH, June 22, 1846
14. Hugh [Nelson] to MH, June 27, 1846
14. John Hunt to MH, July 3, 1846
14. N. B. Yard to MH, July 11, 1846
14. MH to J. Pinckney Henderson, July 12, 1846
14. W[ashington] D[aniel] Miller to MH, July 14, 1846
14. Robert Howard to MH, July 28, 1846
14. William J. Rayner to MH, July 29, 1846
14. J. Pinckney Henderson to MH, August 2, 1846
14. MH to J. Pinckney Henderson, August 3, 1846
14. Hugh Nelson to MH, October 28, 1846
14. Anna _____ to MH, November 1, 1846
15. Captain Barbour to MH, undated
15. E. Rhodes to MH, undated
15. D. S. Terry to MH, undated
15. B. Gillespie to MH, undated
15. Julia A. Field to MH, undated
15. John W. Wright to MH, undated
15. W. Dandridge Gurley to MH, undated
15. _____ Claiborne to MH, undated
15. H. McLeod to MH, undated
15. B. G. Marshall to MH, undated
15. Sally A. Hunt to MH, undated
15. Benjamin Ricks to MH, undated
15. R. Bache to MH, undated
15. J. L. Lydnor to MH, undated
15. W. P. Walker to MH, undated
15. Thomas J. Randolph to MH, undated
15. M. D. Rogers to Georgia Avery and others, undated
15. Niles F. Smith to MH, undated
16. Documents and notes re: government service, 1836-1842
17. Receipts, 1836-1845, and undated
18. Documents re: land records, 1838-1842
19. Power of Attorney, 1839
20. Promissory notes, 1842-1845
21. Partnership Agreements, 1845-1846
22. List of family members, prescription, undated

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