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Selected Correspondence between Gov. James Stephen Hogg and U.S. Senator John H. Reagan, 1891
In April 1891, Gov. James Stephen Hogg sent a letter to U.S. Senator John H. Reagan offering him a position on the newly-created Railroad Commission. Soon after, Sen. Reagan replied, accepting the position and indicating that we would resign his Senate seat to take the job.
April 21st 1891
Hon. John H. Reagan,
My Dear Sir
I hereby tender to you a posi-
tion on the “Railroad Commission of Texas.”
To accept this trust I know you must make un-
usual sacrifices; but considering public
interests I feel impelled to ask you to do so.
Continuously for many years our Agri-
cultural and Commercial interests have
been severely depressed, for which there
are three causes: 1st Bond _____ [?] and unec- [sic]
essary federal taxes, called the tariff; 2nd The want