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 - country. Fording the Colorado where the seven...
country. Fording the Colorado where the seven hills form a circle, he ssid "This should be the seat of Emr.ire." And so it was. Compelled To Retire Late in 1840, he wrote to Vice President Burnett that illness compelled him to retire, and started to New Orleans for his health. Thus it was that he did not sign the bill which created the county in Northeast Texas, named in his honor. However, his health improved and he was back in Austin early the next year, urging the expansion of Texas boundaries Westward. This resulted in the ill-fated Santa Fe expedition, which lessened Lamar's favor in the public eye. A few years later he was in Washington where he had gone chiefly in the interests of annexation, of Texas to United States. Earlier, he had been violently opposed to this, but his change of x*iew came when he saw signs of j England's engulfing the new Re- j public. The Mexican War resulted i and he was -with Taylor at Matamoras but resigned to form the Texas Mounted Volunteers, which were-stationed with Henderson at Laredo. While on a visit to New Orleans in 1851, he met and married the beautiful Henrietta Maffitt of Galveston. a union which was to sweeten the last few years of his life. ^Declined Appointment He receix-ed appointment as United States minister to Argentine but declined, due to private financial difficulties which demanded his attention. President Buchanan then offered him the more attractive post of minister to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, which Lamar accepted, after negotiations with Cousin Gazaway. Service in his' new post was short; he strove to obtain more favorable treaties between the two countries, but without much success, and his poor health was a I handicap in his undertakings. Dur- j ing his Central American sojourn he wrote two of his many verses one of them, "The Daughter of Mendoza," being perhaps the bes known of all his poems. His death resulted from a heart attack on December 18, 1859. In spite.of his military and political honors, his career was in many ways tragic and unsuccessful; his private sorrows tinged anj public triumphs he achieved; jealousy and misunderstanding of his idealism contributed to his un- iiappinesi. Yet today, the public p. resting St. m. he

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 01 Sep 1940, Sun,
  3. Page 14

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