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158. RUCKER, Lucy. A Brief Sketch of the Life of the Rev. L[indsey] P[owell] Rucker, with Detailed Account of His Thrilling Adventure among the Indians, in the Year 1854.  By His Daughter, Lucy Rucker [wrapper title]. N.p., n.d. [Brenham?, ca. 1920?].  [12] pp. 8vo, original dark green printed wrappers. 1938 ink note on inside lower wrapper indicating this copy came from the collection of noted Texana collector Frank Caldwell. Fine copy of a rare pamphlet.

     First edition. Not in CBC, Howes, Rader, Tate, or other standard bibliographies. Tennessean Rucker (1815-1890, Episcopal minister, educator, and pioneer surveyor) came to Texas in 1838, helped establish the Episcopal Church in Texas, and spent twenty years as rector of St. Peter’s Church in Brenham. Rucker is listed living in Washington County in the 1840 Census for the Republic of Texas. According to the text, in 1870 Rucker was the principal and teacher of the first free school for Blacks in Brenham, which led to the accusation he had “turned radical.”  The section “Masonry among the Comanche Indians” recounts Rucker’s experiences while surveying in the Panhandle in 1854. A potentially hostile situation between Rucker and Comanche chief Piyoko was neutralized when they realized that they were both Masons. The chief said he was made a Mason when he went to Mexico in 1814.  ($200-400)

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