Natchitoches May 13, 1844 Monday morning
I arrived here last night safe and sound, ordinary wear and tear excepted, and am waiting for a New Orleans boat for which I may be detained one or two days. Had a hot trip - hotter than red pepper decidedly, but otherwise pretty comfortable. I was twice taken for Parson Fowler; once by one of his neighbors, the hostess where I stayed the night, and she was so very glad to see me that I expected she would salute me with a holy kiss, to prevent which I, of course, undeceived her as soon as possible. By the bye, the night at that house was rather an interesting one to me. The whole household having got into a flurry about the mistake, mentioned they sought to wear off the excitement by showing me some extra attentions. The chickens squalled and lost their heads for my benefit, and the supper was most bountiful in quantity, and as it was rather dark at table I found no fault with appearances. The baby was sick and the old woman proposed a dose of salts after supper, which was duly administered. Several of the nine or ten children, boys and girls that had been working in the cotton all day, complained a little. The old man said a dose of salts would be beneficial all round and accordingly they had to take it. Well, at bedtime I was sent into the "other house" with about six of the aforesaid boys to sleep.
Charles Stanfield Taylor was born in London, England, in 1808. He came to Texas in 1828, settling at Nacogdoches where he opened a mercantile business. The business was soon abandoned in favor of other pursuits.
Charles S. Taylor served as a member of the Nacogdoches ayuntamiento in 1832 and fought in the Battle of Nacogdoches. In 1834 he was elected Alcalde of San Augustine, and was appointed San Augustine Land Commissioner in 1835. Taylor represented the District of Nacogdoches at the First Convention at San Felipe de Austin in Oct. 1832 and was elected as a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Constitutional Convention, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1837 by Sam Houston. Mr. Taylor served two terms as County Treasurer, 1850-54. After having been licensed to practice law in the Republic of Texas in 1839, Taylor remained very active in the profession for the remainder of his life, and was elected Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1860, until his death on Nov. 1, 1865.
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Most of the documents in the Charles S. Taylor Papers are in English although there are quite a few in Spanish and some in French. A large number of documents are from the period of the Texas Republic.
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