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James A. Cox to Sam Houston, August 26, 1860

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James M. Cox to Sam Houston, August 26, 1860

influence and that we have evidence sufficient
to satisfy us, of the ones, is Certain. [S]ome are
however not disposed to believe any thing but
that they have all along contended for. That is,
the reserve Indians assisted by Neighbors Ross
& Barnard have been the agressers [sic]. [B]ut as yet
we have no evidence of this guilt of any of the
agents or traders. Tucker in
his Confessions before he was hung says that
Jas Walker told him that he got a division of
all the horses stolen on the Frontier and that
Walker insisted on him[,] Tucker[,] going in to the
arrangement. Also a man that is now in
the Possesion [sic] of the vigilance Committees says
that he was along when those women on the
head of the Paluxy were murdered and ravished
and that there was no Indians along[.]
I think that the vigilance Committees are doing
some good and will do more. Myself with all
my neighbors who have slaves have by examination
found that they have been in the Company of
Abolitionists and all the grown negroes have
been well supplyed [sic] with Stricknine [sic] some two
and others more Bottles with which to Commence
the work with, with but Little provisions
in our Country and every one in debt[,] our
horses stolen[,] o[u]r negroes minds Poisoned by abolition
influences, we are beginning to think that
Jordan am a hard road to travel. [B]ut

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James A. Cox to Sam Houston, August 26, 1860. Records of Governor Sam Houston, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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