1842 JAMES HUCKINS GALVESTON TEXAS TO REVEREND B M HILL NYC STMPLS LTTR CVR For Sale
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1842 JAMES HUCKINS GALVESTON TEXAS TO REVEREND B M HILL NYC STMPLS LTTR CVR:
Up for sale is a vintage folded stampless letter and cover combination that was mailed from New Orleans and addressed to Reverend B.M. Hill, Secretary, American Baptist Home Mission Society, New York City. Letter is datelined Galveston October 1, 1842. Letter is a report to the Society from James Huckins. Paper is thin, has damaged edges, scattered interior tears, age toning and dampness staining..Letter was trancribed by jkpaper2735. But before the letter, this was provided by the transcriber:
The 1842 Galveston letter has superb content re the recent invasion of Texas by the Mexican army, written by a Baptist missionary to the Republic of Texas, who not only preaches, but performs military duty.
Here's his biography, from the site of the Texas State Historical Association Handbook of Texas: Thank You!!
HUCKINS, JAMES(1807–1863).James Huckins, Baptist church organizer, pastor, and educator, was born in Dorchester, New Hampshire, on April 8, 1807. He was orphaned at the age of six and adopted by a farmer. He became a Baptist at the age of fourteen. After attending Brown University and completing theological courses at Andover, Massachusetts, he was sent by the American Baptist Home Missionary Society to Texas in 1840 to report on conditions. On the trip he organized one of the first Baptist churches in Texas with nine charter members, on February 3, 1840, in Galveston. He also helped to organize the Union Association in 1840 and the Texas Baptist Home Mission Society and Texas Baptist Educational Society in 1841. In January 1841 he returned to Galveston to preach and in May established the First Baptist Church in Houston. He also served as editor of the Texas column in theBaptist Banner and Western Pioneer. Because of theslaveryissue and the fact that he owned slaves, Huckins resigned from the Home Missionary Society in 1845 and joined the Domestic Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He and his wife, the former Rhoda Carver Barton, whom he married on September 18, 1832, taught school in Galveston before he began a nationwide tour for the Southern Baptist board to secure funds for Baylor University, founded in 1845. He was an agent for Baylor for five years and a charter trustee. Huckins also served as three-term president of the Texas Baptist Convention. He returned to Galveston in 1853, served the Baptist church there until 1859, and then transferred to the Wentworth Street Baptist Church, Charleston, South Carolina. In 1854 he helped to establish theHoward associationsand served as chairman in the effort to collect and disperse funds in the Galveston yellow fever epidemic. He died on August 6, 1863, while ministering to the wounded at Charleston during theCivil War. .....Galveston, Oct. 1, 1842
Rev. B. M. Hill My Dear Brother,
Your favor of the 20th of Sept. is received. Your Draft of the 13th Sept. has not been received, but was lost, probably by the Steamer Merchant. I have drawn on you for the amount which I desire you to pay. The draft sent by you, should it be presented, and my name should be forged, you will refuse to pay. I have drawn in favor of myself and endorsed over to the order of Henry Hubble. The medicine from Dr. Moffat has been received, & my warmest thanks to the generous donor. The impoverished sick shall receive their portion of it. The Hymn Books have not been received as yet. I have not been able to learn anything of Mr. [..?..].
Since I last wrote, the communication between this and the U. States has been almost entirely cut off, & hence I have not been able to communicate to you the condition of our affairs here. The invasion of our country by Gen. Woll and the disasters which have happened to us, you have probably heard by the papers. About 40 of our best citizens fell in the engagement. He has retreated, and about 2000 of our citizens are by this time prepared to follow him. This invasion occurred about two weeks previous to the time which was appointed for the Meeting of our Association. This event prevented the Meeting of that body. About six weeks since, our city was visited by one of the most terrible Hurricanes which has ever been known in this section of country. The loss of property was very large. I was a sufferer to a considerable extent. One of our vessels of war was blown ashore, and probably another which was out at sea, was lost with the whole crew.
The loss of the Brig Cuba has filled this city and Houston with mourning. Some of my own best friends were amongst the number lost. We are daily expecting an attack by sea, from the Mexicans. Every man capable of bearing arms is required to be ready for action. I have my weapons by me at this hour. Every member of my churches capable of bearing arms is either in the field in the west or on duty at home. Thus you perceive the impossibility of their applying to your board for my continuance as your missionary. This is the only reason why such an application does not accompany this. But as it would be ruinous to my future influence for me to leave the field of labor at this period, I trust the Board will renew my commission for another year, even without the usual form. The man who now leaves the country, will be branded in all future years, as a tory, for tho we may be harassed by the Mexicans, we shall never submit. This land must and will be the land of the free, and the home of the Protestant. I feel just as strong in faith with reference to the future destinies of this country as I did when I parted with you at New York. My congregation will fail almost entirely in the fulfillment of their pledges for my support. This failure is not owing, however, to disposition, but to the providence of God. The disasters of the last six months has placed it beyond their ability. And for one year to come, I cannot expect any assistance from them. But if the Home Miss. Society will continue their aid, with the same liberality which they have thus far afforded me, to live, not comfortably, however, but without actual suffering, I trust you will lay my case before the Board, - especially that you will invoke their prayers in my behalf & in behalf of this suffering nation.
I trust you will forward the drops for the [..?..] as soon as you can with convenience, for should our ports be blockaded, I should have no way of procuring it. And here let me say that I shall ever appreciate to my dying day, that constant course of kindness which you have invariably pursued toward me & mine.
My health is very good. I preach as usual on the Sabbath & perform military duty whenever required during the week. My kind regards to our Brethren of the Ex. Comm'tee. Mrs. H. joins with me in love to yourself & to Sister H.
Very Affe'y, James Huckins
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