Mirabeau B. Lamar to Jefferson Lamar, April 10, 1836

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Lamar to his brother Jefferson, 1836

they will come together in a few days. I shall
reach Houston day after tomorrow, a distance
from this place about 50 miles. In the
event of my falling in Battle, you will
find my trunks, papers &c. in the possession
of Mrs. Jane Long who has temporarily fled
from Brazoria ] to Bolivar Point at Galveston
Bay. The money brought by me to be laid
out in Lands, I have of course, in the
present confused state of things, not been
able to lay out. Govt has no authority to
sell lands, and from independents [?] no pur-
chase can be yet made with safety. I
have therefore been much embarrassed
to know what to do with so large a sum of
money; it is too dangerous to keep it about
now, especially as I am going into Battle.
After due consideration, I have placed it
in the hands of Lorenzo Zavalo, [sic] the vice
President of the Government, the most respon-
sible & probably the most honest among them.
His receipt for the money I know not how
to dispose of other than to keep it about me
with instructions to Wm. D. Redd to take it
to you in the event of my falling & his escaping.
The amt placed in Zavalo's [sic] hands is
six thousand dollars; Redd the President
D. G. Burnet, Potter & others saw me give
the money to him, & can be evidence of the
fact if I should loose [sic] the receipt. I hope
the gentlemen for whom I am acting
will believe that I have acted for the
best, it is true. I might fly precipitately

Mirabeau B. Lamar to Jefferson Lamar, April 10, 1836. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #351. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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