A Guide to the James S. Mayfield Letter, 1840
Lawyer, legislator, and soldier, James S. Mayfield (1809-1852) was born in Tennessee, but moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1837, where he practiced law. He represented Nacogdoches County in the Fifth and Sixth congresses of the Republic of Texas, introducing the Franco-Texian Bill in 1841, and served as Governor Mirabeau B. Lamar’s Secretary of State during the same year. In September 1842, Mayfield organized a company of volunteers to help repel the Mexican Army from San Antonio, but arrived at the scene of the Dawson Massacre too late to intervene. Mayfield also participated in the Somervell expedition, represented Fayette County at the Convention of 1845, and helped organize the Texas Democratic party.
“Mayfield, James S.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 10, 2011.
Comprising a transcript, the James S. Mayfield Letter, 1840, documents Mayfield’s concerns about moving the Texas capital. As a member of the Republic of Texas Congress, Mayfield writes to Joseph William Robertson in Austin regarding the possibility of relocation with David Spangler Kaufman as Speaker.
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