Huntsville, Sept. 22, 1862
Hon. Charles S. Taylor
Your favor of the 19th inst, is just at hand and contents noted. In reply would state that the demand for warp is such, that two
years production would not supply it, and nearly all for similar purposes, to yours. I need not say to you, that could a favorable answer be returned to your enquiry, it would afford me pleasure to make it, but is one of the impossibilities.
In some two or three months, I have had $40 sent by Captain Whitaker of your county for warp, and yet unfilled--and will afford no surplus. In the army, we are not more than one month behind requisitions for the army--more coming in--and half our woolen machinery, standing idle for the last two months. All is being done that can be done, but our machinery is inadequate to demands on it--and the true interest of the people demands--that they should not rely on the Penitentiary for one hundredth part of their wants. Cards, or, no cards--they must depend upon themselves. The army has first to be supplied, if possible, through the Quarter Master Dept. of the State. Then the families of t hose on the field--next those who remain at home &c.
Truly yours, John S. Besser
TS. Let ters and Papers of Charles S. Taylor, Vol . II, 125-6.
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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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