Today I met Virginia, Inge, Dianne and Lucille at the Central Market Café for lunch. Afterwards we visited the French Legation Museum and had an interesting docent-led tour. (http://www.frenchlegationmuseum.org/)
Jean Pierre Isadore Alphonse Dubois de Saligny arrived here in 1839 as an investigative representative of King Louis Philippe of France; he was later promoted to Chargé d’Affaires. A Treaty of Amity, Navigation and Commerce was signed on September 25, 1839, officially recognizing The Republic of Texas as an independent nation and declaring the two countries to be allies. The house was built in 1841 as the diplomatic post for the Chargé d’Affaires in the Republic of Texas, but Dubois left Austin before settling in. When Sam Houston was re-elected President of The Republic of Texas, he reinstated Houston as the Capital and Austin was nearly abandoned. However, the French Legation remained one of the few permanent structures in town. It is the oldest home in Austin.
In 1847 the property was sold to Moseley Baker, a hero of the Texas Revolution, who then sold it to Dr. Joseph W. Robertson in 1848. Dr. and Mrs. Robertson reared eleven children here. One of their daughters, Lillie Robertson, lived in the home for nearly 84 years and offered daily tours. The heirs sold the property to the State of Texas in 1949 and it has been operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas since the early 1950s.
The weather today was a little disagreeable, but we were indoors most of the time so the chilly temperature didn’t bother us too much. There was still quite a bit of fall foliage and berries around the grounds. The gray sky deprived me of a pretty blue background for my photos, though. The beautiful "official museum cat" kept popping up here and there. We had never before seen a cat with a coat like this one.