Huntsville, April 28, 1862
Hon. C. S. Taylor
Your favor of March last came to hand on the 1st ult. just as was getting into the stage for Houston, Galveston and Austin. I handed it and the money to Col. Caruthers to write you and send the money back. On my return about ten days since I found he had retained it, hoping that in a short time the yarn could be go up.
Since the receipt of your funds, our looms for want of thread, has been to a certain extent idle. We have again succeeded in setting them in motion, and this evening I have sent you 50 lbrs. to the stage office but from the acct. of passengers and baggage, have very little idea it will get off.
The stage agent has promised me to send it forward whenever practicable. Whether we will be able to get any surplus warp up for sale is, to say the least, very doubtful.
Truly yours, John S. Bessor
TS. Letters and Papers of Charles S. Taylor Vol. II, 124
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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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