Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Texas
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865 - 1869
National Archives Microfilm Publication M821 Roll 32
"Miscellaneous Records Relating to Murders and Other Criminal Offenses Committed in Texas 1865 - 1868"
Brazos Bottom P. O.
Burleson Co., 16th July 1868
Gov. E. M. Pease
We again have to report a most willful and deliberate murder of a Freedman, Titus Whitsit, by the hand of Henry Betts or Henry Baker (as he sometimes signs his name), he immediately started towards Independence, Washington County.
Your Obedt. Servt.
(signed) C. L. Mellett
This is to certify that I find it impossible to get assistance to arrest murderers when committed in this district or county, and in nearly every instance they go unpunished.
(signed) W. Kay
Sheriff B. Co.
A True Copy