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44TL CONGRESS, , HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. (Ex. Doo. 2d Session. S

No. 14.

ACCOUNTS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS.

LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF WAR,

CONCERNING

Accounts of the State of Texas.

DECEMBER 27, 1876.- Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs and ordered to be

printed.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., December 26, 1876. SIR: I have the honor to inform the House of Representatives, in answer to a request from its Committee on Military Affairs, tbat this Department possesses no evidence concerning the accounts of the State of Texas, further than the statements on two abstracts which are for $1,536,487.62, and which were received from the committee, and except accounts for $223,143.89. The latter were examined at this Department in the year 1871, and they were reported upon in full, as appears in House Executive Document No. 277, second session Forty-second Congress.

The papers received are returned, as requested, inclosed herewith. . Very respectfully, you obedient servant,

Í. D. CAMERON,

Secretary of War. The SPEAKER of the House of Representatives,

Washington.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D. C., July 21, 1876. Sir: Pursuant to direction by the Committee on Military Affairs of the House of Representatives, I herewith transmit to you a joint resolution, (H. R. 23,) and certain papers accompanying the same, provid. ing for the payment to the State of Texas for moneys expended in frontier defense, referred to this committee, together with a copy of a

resolution adopted by the cominittee, requesting that you cause the accounts to be inspected and report thereon the “ amount really due the State of Texas on account of the same."

The original papers herewith transmitted you will please preserve and return with your response. Very respectfully, your obedient, servant,

A. S. WILLIAMS,

Acting Chairman. Hon. J. D. CAMERON,

Secretary of War. Referred to Maj. Thomas H. Bradley for investigation ard report. By order of the Secretary of War.

H. T. CROSBY,

Chief Clerk. JULY 25, 1876.

Respectfully returned with report that there are no accounts found in the War or Treasury Departments from the State of Texas for re-imburse. ment on account of H. R. 23, current series, except those for $223,143.89, reported upon in 1871. (H. Ex. Doc. 277, 2d ses. 42d Congress.)

THOMAS H. BRADLEY,

Brevet Captain, U. 8. A. WAR DEPARTMENT, December 23, 1876.

Fort BROWN, Texas, December 3, 1875.

[Extract.]

DEAR GENERAL:

We have had quite an excitement lately. Will send you the reports of the officers concerned as soon as they are all received. I understand that McNally goes to San Antonio shortly, and he may be able to tell you all about it. The Mexican authorities promised to retorn all the cattle but did not. They did send over a small part of the stock, enough to swear by I suppose. Roundlett having hit one her and pitched into the thieves, caused them to drop two other herds I understand. One was dropped on the 18th ultimo not far from the river (about 300 head 'tis reported) the other is reported to bave been very large. 'Tis said that there were over forty thieves in these raids, that is on this side; the entire outfit was ready to receive them on the south bank. The mail-rider was captured near Las Cuevas, and detained some twelve hours, to prevent him reporting the raid to Captain Rand lett, at Edinburg. I think cattle stealing is going on quite as rapidly as ever. The river is very low and there is no trouble in crossing cattle About forty of those returned were King's, I understand.

Yours, (Signed)

J. H. POTTER Gen'l E. O. C. ORD,

U.S. Army, San Antonio, Tex. A true extract. (Signed)

HUGI G. BROWN, A. D.C.

tement of amounts paid by the State of Texas for frontier protection from January 28,

1855, to January 28, 1861.

Amounts paid. r pay of companies under Captaius Callahan, Benton, and Henry, (act of December 17, 1855)................................................ $15, 571 01 r pay of mileage, subsistence, and volunteers under Captains Callahan, Benton, and Henry, (act of December 17, 1855).......

5,750 60 r pay of paymaster three companies. volunteers called out, (act of December 17, 1855)...............................................

100 00 r pay of six companies called out by General Smith, (act of January 14, 1856)....................

46, 106 83 ir balance expenses on account contracts for six companies volunteers called out by smith, (act of January 14, 1856)........

4, 026 43 of pay of Capt. William Tom's company, (act of August 30, 1856)....... 1, 494 72 ir pay of Capt. L. English's company, (act of August 30, 1856).... ...... 1,764 86 ir pay of Capt. Wm. G. Tobin's company, (act of August 30, 1856)....... 917 46 or pay of supplies, Captain Tom's company, (act of August 30, 1856).... 408 97 or pay of paymaster of Captains Tom's and English's companies, (act of August 30, 1856)......

100 00 or pay of three companies minute-men under Sansom, Davenport, and Black, (act of January 13, 1857)........

4,000 00 or the better protection of the frontier, (act of January 27, 1857)........ 71, 839 03 or pay of four companies under Captains Carmack, Connor, Hodge, and Frost, (act of November 17, 1857)...

18,867 62 or pay and supplies for Capt. G. H. Nelson's company volunteers, (act of December 14, 1857).......

14, 655 40 or pay and subsistence of Captains Ford's, Bourland's, and Brown's companies, and pay of peace commissioners, (acts of January 12 and February 8, 1860)......

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60, 430 00 'or pay of necessary expenses incurred by Captain Tobin's company, (act of January 12, 1860)..................................................

9,748 28 or pay protection of the frontier, (act of February 3, 1860).......... 177, 144 16 'or pay and subsistence of troops on Rio Grande, (act of February 15, 1860) ..............

36, 966 40 or pay of supplies furnished troops on frontier, (act of February 8, 1861). 21, 602 16 'or pay of supplies of Captain Williams's company in 1858 and 1859, (act of February 11, 1851)......

7,497 15 for pay of Captain Williams's company in 1858 and 1859, (act of April 1,

10,070 82 Total.................

509, 111 95 I, Stephen H. Darden, comptroller of public accounts for the State of Cexas, hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of expenditures on account “frontier protection,” as appears by the records of this office.

Witness my hand and impress of official seal, at Austin, Texas, this 3d day of December, A. D. 1875. (SEAL.]

STEPH. H. DARDEN,

Comptroller.

1861) .......

Statement of amounts paid by the State of Texas for " frontier protection." Troops called out

by Governors A. J. Hamilton, E. J. Davis, and Richard Coke. Payments made volunteers called out by Gov. A. J. Hamilton, October 14 and 20, 1865, (act of November 12, 1866) .......

$3,570 76 Payments made volunteers called out by Gov. E. J. Davis, under acts of June 13, 1870, and November 25, 1871 ........

€51, 976 14 Payments made volunteers called out by Gov. Richard Coke, under act

of April 10, 1874: Amount paid from appropriation, (act of May 4, 1874)......

299, 986 19 Amount paid froin appropriation, (act of March 15, 1875).............. 71, 842 58 Total

...... 1, 027, 375 67 I, Stephen H. Darden, comptroller of public accounts for the State of Texas, hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of expenditures on account of “frontier protection," as appears froin the records of this office.

Witness my hand and impress of official seal at Austin, Texas, this 23d day of December, A. D. 1875. (SEAL.)

· STEPH, H. DARDEN,

Comptroller.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, STATE OF TEXAS,

Austin, December 24, 1875. To the Texas delegation in Congress, Washington, D. C. (Care of Hon. 8.

B. Maxey :)

GENTLEMEN : I have the honor to call your attention to the following matters of interest to the State, requiring attention at the National Capital:

i. The Government of the Uvited States holds a balance of $101,113.27 due the State of Texas from funds left in the hands of the former to pay the debt of the republic of Texas. No claim is believed to have been presented against this fund witbin the last fifteen years, and the debt of the republic of Texas is believed to have been fully settled. The State needs the balance of tbis fund, and ought to have it.

2. I send inclosed statements from the office of the comptroller of public accounts, showing amounts expended by the State of Texas for frontier defense from the 28th of February, 1855, to the commencement of the late civil war, and from the commencement of Gov. A. J. Hamil. ton's administration, after the war, to date, tbe amount aggregating $1,536,487.62. It will be remembered that by act of the legislature of Texas, approved February 1, 1856, the State withdrew and abandoned all claims against the Government of the United States growing out of Indian depredations prior to the 28th of February, 1855. This large amount of money is justly due from the National Government to Texas; and I hope that such steps as to you may seem wise may be taken at once for the assertion of this claim.

3. I inclose a public-debt statement from the Treasury Department for November, 1875, wbich shows that twenty-one of the Texas indemnity bonds and interest thereon are still uppaid. These bonds are not in our treasury, and most probably were stolen during the war, and may be destroyed, or held by parties who fear to present them. I would be glad to know what proceedings are necessary, or will be required, on the part of the State or her officers, to enable her to demand payment of these lost bonds at the Treasury, and, so far as you can do so, to aid in accomplishing the collection of the money.

4. I sent three days ago to each of your delegation copies of Adjutant. General Steel's report on Rio Grande troubles; also, copies of the memorial of the late constitutional convention of Texas on the same subject, and refer you to the action of last session of the fourteenth legislature on tbe same subject beretofore furnished. I beg, also, to refer you to copies of letter from General Potter, commanding at Brownsville, to General Ord, commanding the department, herewith inclosed, in that connection, and to suggest that if the Government of the United States does not afford defense and security for the people of that border against Mexican invasions it will be impossible to restrain the people

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