Governor Henderson on Why He Shot and Killed N.B. Gardner
James Pinckney Henderson wrote:
"I regret that the beast forced me to do that which some ruffian ought to have done long ago but I shall never regret that I killed him as I am sure he would have killed me."
----- James Pinckney Henderson, later the first governor of the State of Texas, after shooting "a desperado named N.B. Garner," 1841
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.