T.C. Bass to Hubbard, October 9, 1877
The border with Mexico had been a site of continuous raiding and turmoil for decades. Both the U.S. and Mexico had suffered vicious civil wars, deadly feuds over scarce resources were the norm, and outlaws and cattle rustlers crossed the border from both sides. In 1877 there was talk for several months of another war with Mexico. In this letter, attorney Thomas Coke Bass, an outspoken Confederate veteran, writes to Hubbard about the possibility. Bass would die the following year in Memphis in a yellow fever epidemic..
Hon R.B. Hubbard
What I desire is authority to
Your Most Obedient Servant
T.C. Bass to Hubbard, October 9, 1877, Records of Richard Hubbard, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.