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Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, burgundy cloth & marbled boards (hardcover), gilt letters, map illus. endpapers, xii + 289 pp, maps, illus. Near-Fine, with light foxing (age darkened spotting) to page edges, in a Fine, mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: This swashbuckling true tale of early Texas is fully documented and has never before been told. Its hero, Frank Hardin, left Tennessee one jump ahead of the law to seek protection under the MExican flag, and soon after was marching with Stephen F. Austin to put down the Fredonian Rebellion. Frank and his four brothers settled on the banks of the Trinity River and held the positions of surveyor, sheriff, secretary of the ayuntamiento, judge, and alcalde as the settlement of Liberty grew. William was foremost in opposition to [Juan Davis] Bradburn at Anahuac, while three of the brothers landed in various Mexican jails. Frank fought with Ben Milam in the siege of the Bexar, and A. B. was delegate to the Consultation at Washington-on-the-Brazos. After he fought at San Jacinto, Frank was designated by Sam Houston to carry the news of victory to the fleeing settlers of the Runaway Scrape. The Mexican officers captured at San Jacinto were held prisoner for a year on William's plantation, and by 1839 William owned more land than any man living in Texas. Much of this story is told through the surviving letters of the Hardin, Davis, and Berwick -O'Brien families. Frank took as his bride the lively and fearless Cythia O'Brien of Louisiana, one of whose grandfathers was the first Anglo to settle across the Mississippi and the other a six-foot-four Irishman with a yen to explore new country. Cynthia brought up two babes in a wilderness cabin while Frank served as colnel in the Texas militia. Her equally courageous sister Catherine saed two children and her black butler from a murderous tidal wave that engulfed two hundred people on a coastal Louisiana island where they were spending the summer. Frank's six children were growing up by the time he and Cythia built their home in Liberty called Seven Pines. The public events of the young state of Texas as well as the teenagers' hilarious high jinks fill the letters of this period...
Title: Seven Pines: Its Occupants and Their Letters, 1825 - 1872.
Publisher: Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, (1987). Revised Edition.:
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