My great grandfather, A.J. Haralson, wrote the following letter to Texas Gov. Hardin Richard Runnels in 1859:
January the 4th, 1859
You perceive from this that after I was appointed Agent for the State of Mississippi in the Case of the Regisition [Extradition?] for Stuckey, I went and used all the means in my power to have him arrested and I regret to say to you that I met with unreasonable resistance. I regret to have to inform you that the officers in that county, instead of trying to arrest him, sent him word that I was after him and in less than 3 hours he had an armed force around his house and, even worse than that, 3 of the party rode up to me and demanded the warrant and had I of been by myself I was informed they intended to have killed me. He swears that he will kill any man that attempts to arrest him and his clan swears to protect him under all circumstances. You now see how the matter stands. All I ask is a chance.
I don’t wish to sacrifise my life nor any other person’s without a show. If you will proclaim him an outlaw to me and invest me with authority to keep all armed persons at a reasonable distance that I may think necessary, I will take him or he shal quit this state. I have said all that I deem it necessary to say on the subject. If Your Honor is not satisfyde with the evidence before you, I can refer you to men whose word can’t be doubted. Your Honor will I hope cause the necessary instructions to be forwarded to me immediately. I have the honor to remain with high respect your most humble servant.
Does anyone know who Stuckey is? What kind of "Agent" is this and who would have appointed him? Is there documentation somewhere for this appointment?
My great grandfather kept a very low profile and there is little known about him except that he was born in NC and his father was born in VA.