Austin: Printed at the Southern Intelligencer Book Office, 1858. 17, [1 blank] pp. Stitched into modern plain wrappers, lightly dusted and edge-worn. Else Very Good.
Watrous was a lawyer, land speculator, and former Texas Attorney General. He resigned the latter position in 1840 "because of conflicts between private professional engagements and public duties" [2 Webb, Handbook of Texas 869]. When he was appointed in 1846 as Texas's first federal judge, he remained as counsel to the Texas Land and Emigration Company and continued land speculations. "The alleged relation of Watrous to an attempt to validate forged land certificates resulted in the Texas Legislature's passing a resolution in 1848 asking the judge to resign. Impeachment proceedings against him began in the United States House of Representatives in January, 1851..." [Id]. The case lingered through most of 1858, spurred on by additional charges. It was finally dropped; bad feelings remained. In responding to charges which Jacob Mussina made against him, Watrous publicly and intemperately expressed anger at Texas and Texans for his ill treatment.
Cuny, a major Texas slave plantation owner, had been a member of the 1845 Texas Constitutional Convention. "Cuny, a former State Senator and militia general, strongly attacks Watrous for that notorious gentleman's attack on Texans..." Cuny not only defends himself and his Texas brethren here, but he also "carries the war into [Watrous's] territory and exposes the corrupt combination and acts in a manly, fearless effective style."
Jacob Mussina, identified as a Galveston Jew in 'The Jewish Encyclopedia' entry on Texas, had charged Watrous with seeking to influence a New Orleans lawsuit in which Mussina was a party. He claimed Watrous had a personal financial interest in the case. The charge fueled the rage of both Watrous and his enemies.
FIRST EDITION. Cohen 14542. 162 Eberstadt 230. Winkler 1017. Sabin 17978. Not in Raines. OCLC 2534530  as of September 2018. Item #30654