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.

Gov. Hogg's Letter
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Senator Reagan's Letter
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Reagan Letter, Page 7

the interests of the people, it
will devolve on the Com-
mission to see that the rail-
roads are also protected
in their rights, and that
they be not deprived of the
profits to which the capital invested
may entitle them.

            With sincere fear that I
may not be able to do as
much good in this service
as you seem to think I may,
and with the desire to do all that I can to that end,
I accept the appointment you
tender. I make this secri-
fise [sacrifice] of inclination and of
pecuniary award, because
the people of Texas have so
long and so often favored
me, that I feel it to be my
duty to serve in whatever


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