Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the David G. Burnet letters, 1836-1859 MS 188

creator Burnet, David Gouverneur
Title: David G. Burnet letters
Dates: 1836-1859
Abstract: Letters to and from David Gouverneur Burnet (1788-1870) of the Republic of Texas, in typescript form and as reprinted in the "La Grange Journal."
Identification: MS 188
Quantity: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

David Gouverneur Burnet (1788-1870) was born in Newark, New Jersey. About 1817 he moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana, and in 1831 to Texas. He was ad interim president of the Republic of Texas from March 17 to October 22, 1836. In 1836 he was elected vice president of the Republic of Texas, serving part time as secretary of state and acting president.

Scope and Contents

Letters to and from David Gouverneur Burnet (1788-1870)of the Republic of Texas, in printed and typescript form. The first series of these letters consists of photocopies of newspaper clippings of the David G. Burnet letters as they appeared in the "La Grange Journal." These letters date from 1836 to 1838 and appeared in the "Journal" between July 9,1936 and February 4, 1937. The letters were edited and annotated by Houston Wade. Many were written to Colonel James Morgan and recount much military activity under Burnet’s presidency. The second part of the collection consists of typed copies of letters to and from members of the Burnet family. They are of a more personal nature and discuss family matters and opinions on slavery and the Abolitionists. With these is a letter to Houston Wade regarding the letters, and some of Wade’s notes about them. Also included is a typed copy of Wade’s entry for the "La Grange Journal" from July 30, 1936.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Burnet letters, MS 188, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Land grants
Indians of North America
Land settlement
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas
San Jacinto, Battle of (Texas : 1836)

Related material

See also Burnet papers at University of Texas at Austin's Center for American History: http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00365/cah-00365.html.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David G. Burnet letters, 1836-1859, MS 188, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Fletcher Collection, gift of Mrs. Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., 1969

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Printed letters, 1836-1837, 1936-1937

1 Collection of newspaper articles reprinting letter by David G. Burnet, annotated by Houston Wade, July 9, 1936 – February 14 1937

Series II: Letter typescripts, 1846-1941

1 Isaac G. Burnet to Staats G. Burnet, Newark, NJ, February 14 1846
David G. Burnet to Isaac G. Burnet, Lynchburg, Texas, November 4 1855
David G. Burnet to Isaac G. Burnet, Lynchburg, Texas, September 12, 1856
David G. Burnet to Kitty Burnet (Mrs. Isaac C. Burnet), Lynchburg, Texas, January 1, 1859
Transcripts of letter from David G.Burnet to Col. James Morgan, Velasco, May 22, 1836 and letter from Chas. R. Williams to Col. James Morgan, Stonington, Conn. 13 July 1835; annnotated by Houston Wade, July 30, 1936
Letter from Isabella N. Burnet to Houston Wade, Re: microfilm, November 11, 1941