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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Russell Howard Letter, 1849



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Howard, Russell
Title: Howard, Russell, letter
Dates: 1849
Abstract: The Russell Howard Letter is composed of a letter from Howard to his sister Julia written on June 25th, 1849.
Accession No.: 2014-019
OCLC No.:
Extent: 1 leaf
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Texas settler Russell Howard served as District Attorney of San Antonio. During the Civil War, he was a member of the Texas Secession Committee. His brother, Richard A. Howard, was an early Texas surveyor. The two had at least one sister, Julia Howard Lombard of Mississippi.

The city of Brownsville, Texas began its life as a Texan outpost called Fort Brown on the northern bank of the Rio Grande. It was the site of multiple conflicts during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. After the war, Charles Stillman established the city itself. It became the county seat of Cameron County in 1849, and was officially incorporated into the state of Texas in 1853.

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Scope and Contents

The Russell Howard Letter is composed of a letter from Howard to his sister Julia written on June 25th, 1849. It reports on his new home, the recently established city of Brownsville. Howard speaks fondly of the natural beauty and economic opportunities in Texas, but he disparages many citizens of Brownsville (some left stranded there by the war) as a diverse collection of “gamblers, thieves, and cut-throats”. He also reports on a deadly outbreak of cholera in the city, Richard A. Howard’s participation in an army expedition to El Paso, Congressman Volney E. Howard’s 1849 congressional campaign, and parodies a Byron poem to describe Texas.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Howard, Russell -- Archives.
Howard, Richard A.
Howard, Volney E.
Lombard, Julia Howard.
Subjects
Mexican-American War, 1846-1848.
Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Cholera.
Places
Brownsville, Texas.
El Paso, Texas.
Rio Grande Valley.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Russell Howard Letter, 1849, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Keelee James, 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2.325/K70a Letter from Russell Howard to Julia Howard Lombard, June 25th, 1849

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