University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Thomas Lee Letters



Descriptive Summary

Creator Lee, Thomas
Title Thomas Lee Letters
Dates: 1853-1854
Abstract Letters, dated 1853-1854, from Thomas Lee to his family members describing life and business affairs in Porter's Bluff, Navarro County, Texas.
Extent 1/2 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The town of Porter's Bluff, also known as Taos, was situated along the Trinity River in Navarro County, and became an important ferry crossing and point of shipping for goods along the Trinity. Prior to the arrival of the railroad in the 1880s the Trinity River served as a vital artery as steamships moved materials along the waterway. Originally from Philidelphia, Thomas Lee describes his involvement with the ferry, his mercantile business, and real estate affairs. He also discusses overland roads in the area and the potential impact of future railroad service, as well as the deadly effects of "the flux" in the frontier town.


Scope and Contents

Letters, dated 1853-1854, from Thomas Lee to his family members describing life and business affairs in Porter's Bluff, Navarro County, Texas.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Lee Letters, 1853-1854, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Thomas Lee Letters

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3C63 Thomas Lee letters:
Letter from Lee to his sister, February 8, 1853
Letter from Lee to his sister, October 20, 1853
Letter from Lee to his sister, September 14, 1854
Letter from Lee to his father and mother, December 27, 1853