Excerpt from A Description of Texas, Its Advantages and Resources: With Some Account of Their Development, Past, Present and Future To The Publisher: - You request me to write some personal reminiscences as a preface or introduction to the work which you are publishing for me. Nothing appears to me as being more appropriate than an explanation of how it happened that I, a small farmer, a lawyer and a judge, most of the time, during a residence of nearly forty years in Texas, should have collected the materials for such a work, while busily engaged in my ordinary pursuits. Having settled in San Augustine in eastern Texas in 1841, 1 entered upon my professional pursuits in the manner then common in the country. That was then the legal and political center of a large portion of the surrounding country. The district courts, (corresponding to the circuit courts in other states) were then held during the spring and fall months of the year. It was t unusual when the times for holding them arrived, to see a dozen lawyers with the judge, mount their horses, with saddle-bags, blanket, and tie-rope, and, thus equipped, start on their journey around the district, which then embraced many counties spreading over a large scope of country. As some of them would drop off, and t go around the whole circuit, others would fill their places, so that about an equal number of traveling lawyers joined to the local bar, would be met with at nearly every court. This mode of practice was kept up until the late civil war, after which the members of the bar became more and more localized in their practice. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.