The interesting, puzzling life of a Matagorda statesman, recluse

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William Prissick.
   Passages in the Life of an Eccentric Texas Legislator.
   The Family Pedigree of Hon. William Prissick-Oddities of Odd Englishman
Scraps of Early History 
in the Settlement of Texas.
   (Written for The Galveston Weekly News 
Jan. 12, 1882
by D.E.E. Braman, of Matagorda.)
   EDITOR’S NOTE: D.E.E. Braman came to Texas in 1836 to fight in the Texas Revolution and became one of the state’s early great writers and chronicler of the Times - William Prissick was an important topic to him.
   This is the second installment of the William Prissick chronicles that tell a good bit about Matagorda County life in early and mid 1800s.

From William Prissick from last week
he was not only indebted to the county $1,600, but had used up all of his own private funds in paying the expenses and carrying on the business of the estate, without having made a single charge against the trust in his own favor. 
   He had by his folly enriched the estate confided to his care, jeopardized the surities on his tax bond and bankrupted himself.  
   In order to pay up his official deficit to the county, he sold his headright league of land in Houston county for $1,600.  
   One of his idiosyncracies was, when entrusted with the business of two or more persons, he selected one as a favorite and made all others subservient and contributory to that one, and even sacrificed his own time and money to promote the object of his choice as freely as he did that tax fund.  
   He was subsequently intrusted with other public and private business but he invariably managed the affairs of others to his loss and their gain.
Estranged From His 
Early Connections
   He never communicated with his relatives in England, and always endeavored to keep his place of abode secret from them; but they through the British Consul, discovered his hiding-place, and in 1842 sent out in care of one Dr. Duck, on a British vessel, to Matagorda Bay, several trunks and boxes with valuable clothing, books and family relicks.  
   As soon as the vessel arrived at Matagorda anchorage, Dr. Duck dispatched a note to Mr. Prissick, informing him of his charge, and requesting him to come on board and receive the goods.  
   Some of the young men about town hearing about the circumstances, started the report which came to Mr. Prissick’s ears, that his English wife was on board the vessel; this agitated him so much that he fled to the woods and remained there two weeks.  
   During his absence the vessel sailed away to Port Lavaca, and Prissick’s freight was stored in the custom house, where moisture and rust do corrupt and thieves do occasionally break in and steal; at any rate Mr. Prissick never received any of the contents of said trunk and boxes.

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