A Guide to the Harden (Edward) Letters, 1836-1855.
Edward Harden (1784-1849) from Athens, Georgia, was a farmer, lawyer, soldier, and Senator for the state of Georgia. George W. West (1808-1879) was a farmer and businessman from Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia.
Transcripts of various correspondences comprise the Edward Harden Letters, 1836-1855. In an 1836 letter from Thomas J. Rusk of Nachogdoches, Texas, Rusk urgently asks Harden for military assistance for the Texian Army and to spread support for the Texas Revolution. The other letters in this collection have no apparent connection with Edward Harden. These include letters to George W. West of Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia, from friends Ausborn Harris and L.A. Prior and his son Francis J. West in Rusk County, Texas. The letters concern the management of George’s farm in Rusk County, including the conditions of the county and the type of people living there.
The collection is open for research.
Edward Harden Letters, 1836-1855, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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