Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Miller-Quarles Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC142

Collection Summary

Creator: Miller, Richard F.
Title: Miller-Quarles papers
Dates: 1836-1839
Abstract: Five letters from Richard F. Miller or to John W. Quarles provide contemporary views of the Republic of Texas.
Identification: MC142
Quantity: 5 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Richard F. Miller, a resident of Bedford County, Virginia, arrived in Texas in 1836 during the Runaway Scrape. His arrival came shortly after the death of his brother Thomas R. Miller who was killed at the Alamo.

Richard F. Miller's cousin was John Winston Quarles. John W. Quarles was born in 1811, the son of John and Sarah Winston Quarles. John W. Quarles married Cornelia M. Barksdale in 1846 and together they had seven children. John W. Quarles died in 1888.

Scope and Content Note

The Miller-Quarles collection is composed of five letters that provide accounts of the newly formed Republic of Texas. The collection is organized by sender, beginning with Richard F. Miller. His correspondence includes two letters to his cousin John Winston Quarles regarding family news, a trip along the Mississippi River, and references to Houston and Texas. Of note is an 1836 letter which states an account heard from Col. Bennet regarding the Battle of San Jacinto. The third is a letter sent from Miller to his brother Edward B. Miller regarding news of acquaintances, Louisiana weather, and Richard's thoughts on the whereabouts of Santa Anna. A letter from C. V. Dashiell to J. W. Quarles concerns business with Mr. Hank. In addition, a letter from Thomas R. Quinby to John W. Quarles congratulates him on his safe return from "the savage country, the Republic of Texas." All letters except the C. V. Dashiell correspondence have an accompanying typed transcript.


Organized into one series; arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Dashiell, C. V.
Bennett, Col.
Miller, Richard F.
Quarles, John Winston, 1811-1888
Quinby, Thomas R.
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846
Houston (Tex.)
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Miller-Quarles Papers, MC142, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Mrs. Arthur H. Robertson, March 1961; purchased from Mrs. Arthur H. Robertson, February 1961.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


"Miller, Thomas Redd"The Handbook of Texas Online.

Gray, William Fairfax. The Diary of William Fairfax Gray: from Virginia to Texas, 1835-1837. Dallas, Texas: Southern Methodist University, 1997.

"Virginia Council Journals. "The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 28, No. 4, 1930.


Correspondence: Sent

box folder
159.2 1 Richard F. Miller 1836-1838
2 C. V. Dashiell 1838 December 14
3 Thomas R. Quinby 1839 July 13