University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Harden (Edward) Letters, 1836-1855.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Harden, Edward, 1784-1849West, George W., 1808-1879Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857
Title: Edward Harden Letters
Dates: 1836-1855
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Harden, Edward, 1784-1849--Archives
West, George W., 1808-1879 -- Archives
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857 --Archives
Subjects
Plantation life--Texas
Places
Cedartown (Ga.)--History--19th century--Sources.
Rusk County (Tex.)--History--19th century--Sources.
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836 -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Harden Letters, 1836-1855, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R31 Transcripts of letters, 1836-1855