William S. Delaney to Francis R. Lubbock, December 16, 1860 [April 1862]
warm in cold weather. If numbers of these
families are called into camps of instruction
they must divide this small remnant of cloth-
ing. and they and their families must suffer
Your Excellency will perceive that this petition is
written by a German; and very few of tehm under-
stand perfectly the import of words in our lan-
guage. Nor does the petition express exactly what
they desire. as many of them have explained it to me.
Some fifty or sixty have already volunteered under
Your Excellency's last call. and the full number
could be raised in two days. if the men could
be assured that, while there is no actual [?]
they would be permitted to remain at home
and drill say three times each week. Holding
themselves organized and ready to march at
an hour's warning in case of actual need.
It is only the dread of going into camps
where there may possibly be no invasion. that
has kept the men from volunteering.
If any plan could be divised to favor these pe-
titioners (and many others are in the same condition
with them) it would certainly be a public benefit:
but if it cannot be so I am sure that they will bear
with fortitude all the privations which may
be necessary to the defense of their
William S. Delaney to Francis R. Lubbock, December 16, 1860 [April 1862]. Texas Indian Papers, Volume 4, #37, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.